HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Classical music will sprout with new life in Huntsville when the words and works of living composers are featured alongside a cantata by J. S. Bach for the spring concerts of the Huntsville Master Chorale on Friday, May 2, and Sunday, May 4, 2014.
The Huntsville Master Chorale s program, Spring Is Bach, celebrates creativity in the Tennessee Valley with the world premiere of a suite commissioned for the Huntsville Master Chorale from renowned composer Emma Lou Diemer. The words for the suite are taken from prize-winning poems written by Huntsville students who won the 2013 Huntsville Literary Association Young Writers Contest. The concerts will also feature an anarchic experimental choral piece by Holland Hopson that invites singers to create their own arrangement of the canon with each performance.
The Friday concert will begin with a short panel discussion with Emma Lou Diemer, Holland Hopson and chorale director Dr. Ramirez Hacker. Their conversation, moderated by Chorale member and writer Kay Campbell, will explore the creative process, analyze Bach s artistic genius from the viewpoint of composers and performers, and consider ways to nurture creativity in ourselves and our children.
Emma Lou Diemer, professor emeritus of composition at the University of Southern California at Santa Barbara, is connected to Huntsville through her late sister, Dorothy Diemer Hendry. Diemer s The Creation of God, which uses poetry written by Huntsville Master Chorale member Sara McDaris, had its world premiere in Huntsville in 2013 and went on to win the American Woman Composers Award for 2013 from the National Federation of Music Clubs. The Huntsville Master Chorale commissioned the suite with the request that Emma Lou Diemer use texts chosen from poems written by area students that won the Huntsville Literary Association s 2013 Young Writers Contest. Diemer set poems to music by Andrew Dylan McIntosh, then a second grader at Oakwood Adventist Academy; Zoe Johnson, then a second grader at Etz Chayim Academy; and Molly Katherine Cornett, then a fifth grader at Endeavour Elementary. The young lyricists will also be recognized during the Friday concert.
The performance of J.S. Bach s Cantata BWV 131, Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, during the concerts will recreate the spirit of Bach s compositional genius in its springtime. The Cantata was written when Bach was the age of today s college student. The rarely heard Cantata will be performed with string quartet and soloists, Chris Walters and Dr Aaron Cain.
The most surprising piece of the concert - one that can surprise performers as well as audience - is the world premiere of Having Told the Hive the News. Constructed by Holland Hopson, a Huntsville native, composer, improviser and electronic artist, the work contains 12 phrases that are sung in a random rotation. The resulting music event simulates the sound and circulating communicative dance of bees in a hive. The concerts, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Huntsville, will be held Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, 5003 Whitesburg Dr., and Sunday, May 4, at 3 p.m. at Monte Sano United Methodist Church, 601 Monte Sano Blvd. Admission is free, with donations accepted. For more information, visit HsvMasterChorale.org.
ABOUT THE HUNTSVILLE MASTER CHORALE
The Huntsville Master Chorale is a chamber ensemble dedicated to providing choral excellence for the Tennessee Valley. The group, originally the Eugene Brasher Chorale, was founded in 1998 by Dr. Eugene Brasher. Dr. Patricia Ramirez-Hacker was appointed as Music Director in 2012. A native of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Dr. Hacker has a doctorate in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi and master s degrees in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. Dr. Hacker is also Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, AL.
ABOUT MERCEDES-BENZ OF HUNTSVILLE
Mercedes-Benz of Huntsville is one of the premier new and used car dealers in North Alabama, offering a wide variety of services in addition to automobile sales. The company takes pride in being locally owned and operated, and in providing customers with the best possible service. Visit Mercedes-Benz of Huntsville online at http://mercedesbenzofhuntsville.com/.________________________________________
Huntsville Master ChoraleP.O. Box 1774Huntsville, Al 35807HsvMasterChorale@gmail.comwww.HsvMasterChorale.org
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