Grace Notes
March 2017
Upcoming Concerts March 17 and 19

Northern Lights
Four Centuries of spirited music from Northern Europe

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 4 p.m.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church • 316 E. 88th St.

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In this issue…
Concert Notes from the Music Director

Now in our 49th season, New Amsterdam Singers has sung a lot of music! Some works are so special that we are eager to return to them after five or ten years. But we are committed to searching out new composers, and in the month of June I spend time researching, sifting, and studying new music. I am often asked how I find this music, and our upcoming program has some answers.
One path that leads directly or indirectly to new ideas is touring. NAS has taken a tour every other summer for many years. This coming July we are going to Iceland and Copenhagen. I hoped to find some Icelandic music to bring along, and discovered to my surprise that Iceland has a huge choral tradition, with very fine choirs in Reykyavik and many respected composers as well. So I chose a work, Ragnarsson’s Ave Maria, for tour which we will also sing on this program.
The other example is tour related in a more circuitous way. A tour agency with whom we had worked asked us to sing a joint concert with a group coming to New York from Avignon, France. So we sang together last April. This choir called themselves “Choeur Homilius,” having taken the name of a German composer, Gottfried August Homilius, because they especially admired his music. I had never heard of this man, and ordered a recording of his works (there are many!) and discovered a wealth of inventive, singable music from the period between Bach and Mozart. Thus we sing two of his motets on this program.
One more unfamiliar name is that of Albert Becker. Our Assistant Conductor, David Recca, was the source for his lovely piece.
There is an abundance of lush, romantic music in our March “Northern Lights” program. There are names you know (Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff) and those you probably do not (Karai, Tucapsky, Orban). All have written 4-8 part music that make a chorus sound splendid.
Let me mention three unusual works. Distler’s Der Tambour, for men’s voices, uses a poignant text by Mörike about a young drummer boy in a nineteenth Century German regiment stationed in France. He dreams of his mother, his sweetheart, and good sausage. Another is Ola Gjelo’s Northern Lights, which he wrote in Oslo (although he lives in NYC). He compares the “terrible beauty” of the Song of Solomon poetry to the aurora borealis. The Hungarian composer Orban wrote Mundi Renovatio on a 12th-century text dealing with the renewal of spring. His jazzy, syncopated rhythms put him squarely in our century, and are fun to sing and hear.
Come hear the concerts!

Clara Longstreth

Upcoming Concert Details
Northern Lights
Four Centuries of spirited music from Northern Europe

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 8 p.m. • Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 4 p.m.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church • 316 E. 88th St.
Gottfried August Homilius
    Habe deine Lust an dem Herrn
Felix Mendelsoh Bartholdy
    Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Kheruvimskaya Pesn
Ola Gjeilo
    Northern Lights
Antonin Tucapsky
    Tristis est anima mea
    Pater mi

Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Bogoroditse Devo
György Orban
    Mundi Renovatio
Robert Schumann
    Die Lotosblume
    Rastlose Liebe
Hugo Distler
    Der Tambour
Jozsef Karai
    Ave Maria
Bohuslav Martinu
    Sag mir, Gott
    Gram zernagt mein Herzchen
György Orban
    Cor Mundum
Gottfried August Homilius
    Dennoch bleib ich stets an dir
    Der Herr ist meine Stärke

Tickets: $25 ($30 at the door)
Seniors and students discounts are available.

Our Way Cabaret: April 17 & 28
NAS On Tour!

As Clara mentioned, this summer you’ll find 51 members and friends of NAS making their way to Iceland and Denmark. Over these nine days, our singers will enjoy the wondrous natural sights of Iceland, wander the streets of Copenhagen, and join in the great choral tradition of these two nations. The 34 singers will offer three concerts in Skálholt, Reykjavik, and Copenhagen. Our repertoire for the tour includes beloved choral classics, emerging American favorites, spirituals, and even selections from the rich choral tradition of our host nations. Watch this space for a full report in the fall!
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