Pre-concert talks given one half hour before each concert by the conductor.
The program for our 2014 spring concerts, The Soul of Music, is as magical and profound as any Viva program. It explores the richly evocative nature of feelings conveyed in sound, and follows a trajectory of moods from deeply introspective to exuberantly optimistic.
PROGRAM (Click on the links to listen to samples of the music)
* Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest
For choir, soprano and tenor soloists, strings, flute, oboe, horn, harp, organ, timpani, and percussion.
Luscious melodic and harmonical writing in neo-Romantic style make this stunningly beautiful.
Viva's performance may be the West Coast premiere of this new major work, published in 2014!
* Reflections from Yad Vashem by Daniel Hall, haunting and evocative.
For women's voices, viola solo, chimes, and Glockenspiel
"...my musical and poetical response to the poignant and lingering impressions evoked by the Yad Vahsem
Children's memorial - a gentle, ethereal, cosmic facet of an otherwise austere experience." Dan Hall
* Dark Night of the Soul and Luminous Night of the Soul by Ola Gjeilo ("Yay-lo").
For choir, piano, and strings
Programmed in response to the enthusiastic reception of Viva's performance last spring of Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass.
Both pieces are based on text by St John of the Cross and Luminous Night also uses text by Charles Anthony Silvestri.
In Dark Night of the Soul the composer seeks to "convey the grace and passion that is so strong and pulsating in the poem."
Of Luminous Night of the Soul, Gjeilo says, "I wanted to compose lush, warm, symphonic-sounding music."
The two movements complement each other, the first "lyrical and romantic," the second "exuberant."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtMFh7au72g and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji45DJNXdVU
* Viva la Musica! by David Brunner
For a capella choir
A playful round, robust and dance-like.
*Ritmo by Dan Davison
For choir, and piano 4 hands
Energetic and upbeat, featuring hand percussion and an optimistic text: "We will sing with joy!"
We invite you to take this musical odyssey with us, and we look forward to welcoming you to passionate, musical, and polished performances.
Shulamit Hoffmann, Artistic Director