Yale Camerata | Robert Kyr: Transfiguration

Event time: 
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Woolsey Hall See map
500 College St.
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Marguerite L. Brooks, conductor

world premiere


Natasha Schnur, soprano
Evanna Lai, mezzo-soprano
Daniel McGrew, tenor
Bryan Murray, baritone


Tranfiguration (world premiere) from Part III of Life unto Life

I. O Voice Crying Out
     i. Witness: There Was a Man
     ii. Behold: A Voice in the Wilderness
     iii. Brood of Vipers
     iv. Five Questions
     v. Baptism with Water
     vi. Behold: A Voice from Heaven

II. Light of the World
     i. First Canticle: Opening
     ii. Second Canticle: Knowing
     iii. Third Canticle: Seeing

III. Miracles of New Life
     i. Arrival
     ii. Plea
     iii. Torment
     iv. Healing
     v. Faith
     vi. Belief
     vii. Commotion
     viii. Celebration

IV. Beloved
     i. Soliloquy: Transfigured
     ii. Elijah and Moses
     iii. A Voice from the Cloud
     iv. All Alone
     v. Witness: Listen to Him
     vi. Hymn: A Lamp in Darkness

V. Light of All Light
     i. Part 1: Light in Darkness
     ii. Part 2: True Light
     iii. Part 3: Grace and Truth
     iv. Epilogue: Light unto Light

Transfiguration, an oratorio, is the final work in a series of six pieces commissioned by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music through the Robert Baker Memorial Fund for Sacred Music. This large-scale project consists of five cantatas concerning miracles performed by Christ and an oratorio on the theme of his Transfiguration. The entire series is being premiered by Marguerite L. Brooks and the Yale Camerata over a four-year period (2013–2017). Together, these works constitute Part III of Life unto Life, an extensive seven-part vocal-instrumental cycle that explores the life of Christ from the Annunciation through the Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension.

Note by the composer

Robert Kyr’s music has been performed widely around the world, and he has been commissioned by numerous ensembles, including Chanticleer Cappella Romana, Cantus, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, New England Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, New West Symphony, Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, Harvard Glee Club, Radcliffe Choral Society, and San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, among others.

Kyr is a professor of composition and theory at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, and chair of the composition department, where he has developed new models for teaching composition. The program at Oregon is presently one of the largest in the United States, and in addition to teaching, Kyr directs the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, the Music Today Festival, and the Vanguard Concert and Workshop Series, as well as the Pacific Rim Gamelan.

Open to: 
General Public