Trebles in Paradise
with Grace Cloutier, harp, and Alan Murchie, piano and organ
409 Prospect Street, New Haven
Fresh from its exciting debut at Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, Etherea Vocal Ensemble will perform a program for treble voices on Saturday, January 16th at 8pm in Marquand Chapel in New Haven. They will be joined by harpist Grace Cloutier and Alan Murchie at the piano and organ in a program of stunningly beautiful and rarely-heard masterworks, including Gustav Holst’s Hymns from the Rig Veda (Third Group), Mendelssohn’s Drei Motetten, Op. 39, Rheinberger’s Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen and Sechs Gesänge, and Rossini’s Trois choeurs religieux.
Etherea Vocal Ensemble is a new chamber group dedicated to the performance of choral repertoire for treble voices, specifically that of the Romantic era. All of its members are experienced choral singers, and most hold degrees from leading conservatories. The ensemble was formed during the summer of 2008 for the purpose of recording Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols with renowned harpist Grace Cloutier. Following the success of that collaboration, the singers officially decided to form a performing ensemble in 2009. Current repertoire includes works by Britten, Gounod, Holst, Mendelssohn, Rheinberger, Rossini, Rutter, Schubert, and Schumann.
The concert, presented by Yale Institute of Sacred Music, is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call 203-432-5062.