St. Martin’s Chamber Choir’s season finale concerts are coming right up on May 18 and 20, with the twin themes of Remembrance and Redemption.
In the former category (remembrance) are Herbert Howells’ incomparable Requiem, and Elgar’s “They are at rest.” Howells’ deeply personal setting was written over the course of a decade or more in response to his 9-year old son’s death, and therefore, not surprisingly, covers much emotional territory, from deep grief to a sort of translucent hopefulness.
In the latter category (redemption) are Mack Wilberg’s new (2016) narrative setting of “The Prodigal,” a retelling of the famous biblical parable; and Gerald Finzi’s introspective and powerful anthem “Lo, the full, final sacrifice,” with a text by the 17th century British metaphysical poet Richard Crashaw.
It’s hard to pick which of these four pieces I think the most poignant. Perhaps the Elgar, being the shortest, has the least scope for emotional development; but all the others are capable of drawing forth tears and raising powerful emotions in the listener.
- Friday May 18, 7:30pm, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Denver
- Sunday, May 20, 3:00pm, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge
Tickets available at our website; or our office at (303) 298-1970.