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PORTALS TO THE DIVINE
RADIANCE FROM THE NORTH
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Great Music at St. Bart’s presented St. Bartholomew’s Choir in a concert of Romantic and Contemporary choral works by composers from both Scandinavian countries and the Baltic States, which offered a testament of faith and a glimpse into a transcendent world: the Requiem of Icelandic composer Jón Leifs (1899-1968), Psalm 67 and Only in Sleep of Latvian Eriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977), Ubi caritas by Norwegian Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) and Biegga luohte by Swedish Jan Sandström (b. 1964), as well as music of Norwegian Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), all were performed in the grand Romanesque architecture of the St. Bartholomew’s nave.
Jón Leifs' Requiem was composed in memory of his young daughter, who perished in a swimming accident. Jan Sandström’s Biegga luohte was inspired by a Scandinavian Yoik, an improvised chant originating in the Sami culture, the indigenous people of Scandinavia, who inhabit its northern portions. Biegga is a call to the wind, conveying a sense of the divine.
“Much of this music, although unfamiliar to American audiences, is deeply affecting and expresses a dimension of experience which is mystical and divine, transcending the ordinary,” said William Trafka. “One can’t help but to consider that the uncommon Northern European landscape, much of it arctic, with the beauty of its solitude and wealth of natural wonders including the fjords, immense forests and the extraordinary Aurora Borealis, might have served as a source of inspiration for these composers.”
St. Bartholomew’s Choir; William K. Trafka, conductor
This concert was made possible by a generous gift from Robin Henry.
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