Meritáge Vocal Arts Ensemble is proud to present Meritáge Masterworks with Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. under the direction of Dr. Sheridan Ball. This highly-accomplished local choir will be performing Ralph Vaughan Williams’ haunting Dona Nobis Pacem and the ever-popular Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.
Written in 1936, Dona Nobis Pacem was Vaughan Williams’ plea for peace by referring to recent wars during the growing fears of a new one. Texts for the work were taken from the Mass, three poems by Walt Whitman, a political speech, and sections of the Bible. The phrase Dona nobis pacem ("Give us peace"), in different settings, punctuates the entire piece. Dona Nobis Pacem was performed at countless festivals and concerts in the years leading up to World War II and is a heartrending and dramatic work you are unlikely to forget.
Following intermission, Meritáge will present Carmina Burana, Carl Orff’s exuberant setting of 24 medieval Latin and German poems. This massive and dramatic work covers widely varying secular subjects as relevant today as they were in the 13th century—the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of spring, the pleasures and perils of lust, drinking, gluttony, and gambling all to the pulsating rhythms of Orff's vibrant accompaniment. The best known section—O Fortuna—opens and closes the work. Carmina Burana is one of the great favorites of the choral/orchestral repertoire.
Soloists for this performance of Meritáge Masterworks: Ralph Wayne Cato, Baritone Grace Lee, Soprano and Jacob Hall, Counter-Tenor.
Presenter / Producer: Meritage Vocal Arts Ensemble
Music > Choral/Choirs
Event Phone: 714-244-9396
Grace First Presbyteruan Church
3955 N Studebaker Rd
Long Beach CA 92808
Long Beach & South Bay
Performance Dates: 6/2/2019
$20 General Admission
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