Yale Camerata

Event time: 
Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 11:00am
Event description: 

Music for Palm Sunday

Music of Lang and Britten


Woolsey Hall

500 College Street

Free; no tickets required.



Yale Camerata

Marguerite L. Brooks, conductor


James Taylor, tenor

Thomas Murray, organ


Elm City Girls Choir, Rebecca Rosenbaum, director

solists from the Trinity Choir of Men and Boys, Walden Moore, director

John Corkhill and James Deitz, percussion

Douglas Dickson and Erika Schroth, piano


The Yale Camerata will present its spring concert Music for Palm Sunday on Sunday, April 17 at 3 pm in Woolsey Hall in New Haven (College St. at Grove St.). Marguerite L. Brooks will conduct.

On the program is David Lang’s little match girl passion, a work for chamber chorus and percussion based on the Hans Christian Andersen story the Little Match Girl, a story told, as Lang says, “as a kind of parable, drawing a religious and moral equivalency between the suffering of the poor girl and the suffering of Jesus.” Lang explores this analogy by recasting Andersen’t tale in the format of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.

The other piece on the program is Benjamin Britten’s Saint Nicolas, a cantata written in 1948 for the centennial celebration of Lansing College in Sussex. Writing specifically for the resources available to him on this occasion, Britten scored the piece for mixed choir, tenor soloist, three or four boys, strings, piano duet, organ, and percussion. It is the composer’s first professional work intended for combinations of professional and amateur musicians.

On this occasion Yale faculty James Taylor, tenor, and University Organist Thomas Murray will perform with the Yale Camerata; The Elm City Girls Choir, directed by Rebecca Rosenbaum; soloists from the Trinity Choir of Men and Boys, directed by Walden Moore; Douglas Dickson and Erika Schroth, piano; and percussionists John Corkhill and James Deitz.

The free concert is presented by Yale Institute of Sacred Music; no tickets are required. More information is at 203-432-5062.