Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna" at Westwood Presbyterian Church
Date: February 12, 2012
Location: California, USA
Music at Westwood
Westwood Presbyterian Church
Westwood Presbyterian Church, as part of its Music at Westwood Concert Series, hosts an evening of special programming for the Lenten season on Friday, March 9 at 8pm. Westwood Presbyterian Church is located at 10822 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, near the UCLA campus.
The evening’s program weaves together a beautiful, intense drama of the last days of Jesus Christ, from the Garden of Gethsemane to the crucifixion as conveyed through the music of three contemporary American composers and culminating in the uplifting spirituals by Chanticleer and Burroughs. Beginning with The Beatitudes by Paul Cummings and followed by an organ interlude of the famous toccata from Suite Opus 5 by Maurice Durufle’, the program continues with Passion of the Christ by John-Kevin Hilbert. With undertones suggestive of Benjamin Britten, this work captures the dramatic period between Christ’s arrest to his crucifixion. The theme of the Resurrection and eternal light continues with the highlight of the evening: the renown work Lux Aeterna by 2007 National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen and concludes with the spirituals Steal Away and Lord What a Morning.
The evening’s program is performed by the Westwood Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, Westwood Chamber Orchestra, and soloists: Holly Sedillos, soprano; Cristina Foster, soprano; Lauren Edwards, alto; Leslie Ann Cook, alto; Gabriel Silva, tenor; Ian Elder, tenor; Brian Vu, baritone and Paul Cummings, baritone, under the direction of conductor John-Kevin Hilbert.
Admission for this memorable evening is $10 for students and $20 for adults. Tickets/info: (310) 474-4535. On the web at www.westwoodpres.org.