A Winter Offering
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Haven
(corner of Orange and Wall streets).
Free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
The Yale Camerata, under the baton of Marguerite Brooks, will present A Winter Offering on Sunday, February 29 at 3 pm at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Haven (corner Orange and Wall). The concert will feature works on Marian texts by Bruckner, Rachmaninov, and Crabtree. A selection of spirituals is on the program, as well as Tavener’s Village Wedding. The Camerata will perform Changed by contemporary Scottish composer James MacMillan, who will visit Yale later this spring to conduct his Seven Last Words from the Cross.
In keeping with the Camerata’s commitment to choral music of our time, two new works by composers associated with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music will be premiered. Querer es poder by Yale choral conducting student Joseph Gregorio takes the Spanish proverb meaning “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” and unfolds it gradually, through constantly developing textures; while Religio Laici by ISM staff member Thomas Rankin, based on the opening seven lines of John Dryden’s poem of the same name, juxtaposes different musical ideas to unique effect. Other composers on the program are Gawthrop, Paulus, Trester, Orbán, Barnwell, Grau, and Hogan. Vocal soloists are Julia Blue Raspe, soprano, and Richard Lalli, baritone. Douglas Dickson will be at the piano, and the marimba soloist is Ryan Bishop.
Founded by Professor Brooks in 1985, the Camerata is sponsored by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. The group’s approximately sixty singers are Yale graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, staff, and experienced singers from the New Haven community. The Camerata performs a widely varied spectrum of choral literature.