Posts by stevemorton

Morten Lauridsen …. about his Lux Aeterna

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in 2015-2016 Concert Season, Behind The Music, Blog | 0 comments

Lux Aeterna–Eternal Light–is an intimate work of quiet serenity centered around a universal symbol of hope, reassurance, goodness and illumination at all levels. This work formed in my mind over several years, and I began serious work on the piece shortly following the completion of Les Chansons des Roses in 1993. I put aside the Lux in early 1994 to compose the Christmas canticle, O Magnum Mysterium. The serenity and the uncomplicated and lyric style of O Magnum Mysterium are continued in Lux Aeterna, which is fashioned on texts from several different Latin sources, including the...

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The Music of Arvo Pärt

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Behind The Music, Blog, News | 0 comments

Arvo Pärt grew up in communist Estonia, part of the former Soviet Union. His early modernist music brought him respect from the West but did not meet the approval of the communist regime. Pärt broke new ground in 1968 with his Credo. Credo was an abrupt departure from Pärt’s previous music which had become empty, dry, meaningless, even childish to him. Pärt considered Credo to be symbolic of his frustration with the neo-classical style. With its musical quote from Bach and religious text, Credo would never have been allowed a performance had the score not been hidden from the eyes of...

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Star-Made Shadows

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Featured | 0 comments

Star-Made Shadows

The Salem-St. Louis Chamber Orchestra will present a concerto from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons in each concert this season beginning with Autumn on October 8th.   Next, the chorale begins their portion of the program, inducing works such as “Northern Lights,” a work by Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo.  Continuing the theme of night time solitude is a setting of poems by Sara Teasdale’s Stars (set by Latvian composer, Eriks Esenvalds) and James Agee’s Sure On This Shining Night in the well-known setting by Samuel Barber.  We are also performing...

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Gloria in Excelsis

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Gloria in Excelsis

Salem’s beautiful sanctuary will be adorned in holiday finery as we present Vivaldi’s “Winter” and Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Greensleeves,” among other orchestral selections. The Vivaldi’s ever-popular “Gloria” is featured along with favorite modern and traditional carols.  The audience is invited to join with the Chorale and Chamber Orchestra in singing traditional carols including “Silent Night” by candlelight, which, as always, is a fitting close to this concert.   The ACC and the Salem-St. Louis Chamber Orchestra will also travel to Lutheran Church of...

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Not One Sparrow

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Not One Sparrow

John Rutter’s beautiful Requiem is an emotionally moving centerpiece for our March concert.  Also on the program are works by Byrd and Gretchaninov.  The Salem-St. Louis Chamber Orchestra will present Vivaldi’s “Spring” and Vaughan Williams’ incredible “Lark Ascending.”   A special treat in this concert will be icon music educator Mr. Dello Thedford leading his Gospel Symphonic Choir and the ACC in music from the African-American tradition.   The program will close with a rousing rendition of “Amazing Grace” as the ACC, the Symphonic Gospel Choir, and the...

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