Past Performances

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¡Viva España! – November 2016

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Works exploring Spain’s musical influence on Latin America, including pieces by Victoria, Guerrero and Morales, Sumaya’s extraordinary Lamentations of Jeremiah, and lively arrangements of Brazilian folk and popular music. With special guests Kaufman Center’s SMS High School Advanced Women’s Choir, Emily John, Director.

 

 

 

 



Draw On, Sweet Night – May 2016

Music resplendent with images of night, stars, the moon, and the radiance of evening, featuring Brahms’s  Fünf Gesänge, op. 104, madrigals by Monteverdi and John Wilbye, a world premiere by Los Angeles composer David Stern; and the winner(s) of Cerddorion’s fourth Emerging Composers Competition.

 

 

 



Josquin des Prez: Master of the Notes – March 2016Master of the Notes pcd

One of music’s greatest luminaries, Josquin’s brilliance inspired Martin Luther to declare him “master of the notes, which must do as he wishes.”

Our program explores the profound scope of this extraordinary composer’s career, including selections from four of Josquin’s mass settings, several motets, and secular works.

 


 


Fitful Flame – Music of Love and War – November 2015

Works that explore the depth and volatility of human passion, including madrigals by Carlo Gesualdo and Thomas Tomkins; Clément Janequin’s La Guerre; New York composer Kim Sherman‘s Graveside; and Jeffrey Van’s setting of Civil War poems by Walt Whitman, A Procession Winding Around Me, with guest artist William Anderson, guitar.

 

 



Rise Up, My Love – Choral Settings of the Song of Songs – May/June 2015

Music spanning five centuries inspired by the abiding, passionate love expressed in these timeless biblical texts. Featuring music of Melchior Franck, John Dunstable, Francisco Guerrero, William Billings, Edvard Grieg and Bengt Johansson, as well as the premiere of new works by Craig Bakalian and Francisco José Carbonell, winners of Cerddorion’s Third Annual Emerging Composers Competition.

 

 



Time and Again, a Celebration of Cerddorion’s 20th Anniversary – March 2015

A retrospective featuring mavelous works written for Cerddorion over the past twenty years, as well as world premieres by Martha Sullivan, Joseph Prestamo and Christopher Ryan.

 

 

 


Models of Inspiration – November 2014

Beloved works by Orlando di Lasso and J.S. Bach paired with extraordinary pieces inspired by them. Featuring Bach’s beloved motet Jesu, meine Freude as well as the world premiere of the Beatles Motet “Please Please Me” by Richard Boukas.

 

 



  • The Food of Love – June 2014

    Food of Love postcardChoral settings of Shakespearean texts, including selected readings from the Bard’s plays and poetry alongside music of Vaughan Williams, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Sven Hagvil, and a host of New York area composers: Nancy Wertsch, Joseph Prestamo, Steven Sametz, Robert Applebaum, Martha Sullivan, Matthew Harris, and a world premiere by Cerddorion’s own Christopher Ryan.
    Presented in collaboration with New York’s Shakespeare Society.

 

 

Language of the Birds postcardJannequin’s Chant des Oiseaux, music for choir and string quartet by Veronika Krausas, and world premieres from Steven Serpa, Joshua Fishbein and Theo Popov, winners of Cerddorion’s second Emerging Composers Competition.
Presented in collaboration with the contemporary ensemble Face the Music.

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  • Pojďme zpívat! – Let Us Sing! – November 2013

    Pojd'me zpivat postcardAn all-Czech program, featuring Dvořák’s Songs of Nature, Op. 63, works by Petr Eben, Leoš Janáček, and Josef Suk, and an American premiere by Zdeněk Lukáš.

 

 

 

 


  • Mourning and Evening – March 2013

    Mourning and Evening postcardTomás Luis de Victoria’s exceptionally beautiful six-voice Requiem Mass, Brahms’ serene and deeply moving Drei Gesänge, Op. 42, as well as the Dominick DiOrio’s Absence, winner of Cerddorion’s inaugural Emerging Composers Competition.

 

 

 


  • ByrdCage – November 2012

    ByrdCage postcardWilliam Byrd’s Mass for Five Voices, and a 100th Birthday tribute to John Cage, including rarely heard performances of selected vocal works, as well as readings from the composer’s writings.
    With special guest, actor Tom Ligon.

 

 

 


  • Joy Beyond Words – May 2012

    Joy Beyond Words postcardA program exploring the power of music to express universal truths beyond the limitations of language, including Jennefelt’s Claviante Brilioso, Rautavaara’s Suite de Lorca, Hindemith’s Six Chansons, Mäntyjärvi’s Four Shakespeare Songs, selected Italian madrigals by Heinrich Schütz, and a newly commissioned work by Pulizer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec.

 

 


  • Music of Solace and Rejoicing – March 2012

    Music of Solace and Rejoicing postcardFour contrasting works that reflect on the transience of life: Henry Purcell’s funeral anthem Man that is Born of a Woman, Claudio Monteverdi’s madrigal cycle Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata, Johannes Brahms’s motet Warum ist das Licht gegeben?, and Bach’s Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, accompanied by period instruments.

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  • Joie de Vivre– November 2011

    Joie de Vivre postcardFrench and English delights, including Debussy’s Trois Chansons, Britten’s Five Flower Songs, as well as works by Saint-Saëns, Lassus, Morley, Batten, Sweelinck, Goudimel, Stanford, Sir Arthur Sullivan, and Scottish composer Hamish MacCunn.

 

 

 


  • With Harp and Voice – June 2011

    With Harp and Voice postcardMusic for the enchanting medium of harp and voice, including Benjamin Britten’s “Choral Dances” from Gloriana (with tenor Kurt Alakulppi), selected works by Stephen Paulus, Johannes Brahms’s Vier Gesänge, Op. 17, William Hawley’s Dies Sanctificatus, James Bassi’s Harpsonnets, and a world premiere for chorus and harp by New York composer David Schober.
    Featuring Guest Artist, Emily John, harp.

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  • Toward Eternity – March 2011

    Toward Eternity postcardChoral works that evoke a spirit of peace, contemplation and serene beauty, featuring Herbert Howells’s profoundly moving Requiem, motets by Josquin, Palestrina and Schütz, Andrew Rindfleisch’s Psalm, Robert Fountain’s arrangement of Deep River, music by Hungarian composer Bárdos Lajos, and Vaughan Williams’s magnificent motet, Valiant for Truth.

 

 


  • A Birthday Garland – November 2010

    Birthday Garland postcardMusic by composers who celebrated significant anniversaries in 2010, including Samuel Barber (Reincarnations), Johannes Ockeghem (Alma Redemptoris Mater), William Hawley (Tre Rime di Tasso), Peter Schickele (Three Choruses from e.e. cummings), William Schuman (Five Rounds on Famous Words), Aaron Jay Kernis (Dorma Ador), motets by Clemens non Papa and Ludovico Viadana, and works by Estonian composer Urmas Sisask.

 


  • From Mendelssohn to Tippet – May 2010

    From Mendelssohn to Tippet postcardChoral works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Jean Absil, Michael Tippett, and Nancy Wertsch, as well as the New York Premiere of Michael Waldenby’s Memento Creatoris tui, composed in 2009.

 

 

 


  • For Love… – February 2010

    For Love postcardMotets by Melchior Franck and Edvard Grieg, Monteverdi’s madrigal cycle Lamento d’Arianna, selections from Britten’s A.M.D.G., Steven Stucky’s Cradle Songs, and settings of love lyrics by contemporary Swedish composers Nils and Olle Lindberg.

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  • Magnification – November 2009

    Magnification postcardAn eclectic program covering five centuries of music honoring the Virgin Mary, from Gregorian chant to the choral songs of the Ba-Benzélé pygmies in Congo, including works by Bruckner, Howells, Parsons, Pärt, Stravinsky, Swayne, Tavener, Victoria, Villette and Walmisley.

 

 

 


  • Stone Soup – May 2009

    Stone Soup postcardAn assortment of new works created for Cerddorion including a world premiere mini-oratorio by Julie Dolphin, as well as works by Boerger, Dennis, Matsuoka, Noon and Rubeiz.

 

 

 


  • Ein Spiegel – February 2009

    Ein Spiegel postcardFeaturing 19th century German Romantic part-songs paired with contemporary works. Hensel, Mendelssohn, and Brahms are set beside current works by Dennis, Peaslee, Boerger, and Gorecki.

 

 

 


  • La Contenance Angloise – November 2008

    Contenance Angloise postcardTraces English choral music from liturgical chants through composers Dunstable, Tallis, Byrd, Elgar, Britten and more.

 

 

 

 


  • Spectacular Vernacular – May 2008

    Spectacular Vernacular postcardA melange of vernacular music arranged for the concert stage, drawn from many countries and traditions.
    Guest performance by the Macedonian ensemble Izvornotes.

 

 

 


  • The Place Just Right – February and March 2008

    Place Just Right PostcardFeatures sacred and devotional works by tunesmiths and composers from the United States.

 

 

 

 


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