published Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Choral Arts presents concert Sunday


What: Choral Arts concert, "Cathedral Echoes."

When: 4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St.

Admission: $15, $5 for students with ID.

Chattanoogans have the opportunity to hear lesser-known works by well-known English composers Sunday afternoon when Choral Arts presents "Cathedral Echoes." The 32-voice chorale will perform at 4 p.m. in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, intersection of Seventh and Pine streets.

Director Keith Reas says the program reflects his affinity for British choral music and for pieces that are less-often performed.

"The program is built around one piece in particular, 'Stabat Mater Dolorosa' by Oldroyd," said the director. "It's a large-scale piece, unaccompanied, that is not recorded anywhere we know of, so it's not heard very often."

The concert repertoire will be divided between unaccompanied numbers and those that are accompanied by organist David Friberg.

Among the a cappella pieces will be two settings of the Magnificat by Charles Villiers Stanford.

The concert will include Benjamin Brittain's "Hymn to St. Peter," John Rutter's "Cantus" and "Alleluia," and Herbert Howell's "Coventry Antiphon." The lyrics of the latter number are based on an inscription that was part of the dedication ceremony for the new Coventry Cathedral, Reas said.

The program will conclude with Rutter's "Amen" for eight-part chorus, which Reas described as "very rich and lush."

"People are going to hear wonderful music that they won't hear anywhere else," he said.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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