MORRISTOWN, NJ - Harmonium Choral Society presents "Spem in Alium" on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 121 South St. at Miller Road, Morristown, N.J.
Artistic Director Anne Matlack leads the acclaimed, 100-voice choral society in presenting a concert anchored by the awe-inspiring 40-part title piece by Thomas Tallis. The concert, on the theme of “hope” also features works by Praetorius, Paulus, Heath and Rutter; and Latvian, Estonian and American carols. The select Harmonium Chamber Singers will perform works by Pärt and Josquin des Prez. The choir will be joined by several guest musicians - organist Joshua Stafford; Rebecca Harris-Lee, Laura Smith, violin; Maggie Speier, viola; and Terrence Thornhill, cello – as well as talented soloists and instrumentalists from within their ranks.
To order tickets, visit www.harmonium.org.
Of Spem in Alium, Dr. Matlack says "Trust me, you hardly ever get to experience this in your lifetime! The motet is laid out for eight choirs of five voices (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass). The architecture of the standing order is an important part of the composition. Beginning with a single voice from the first choir, other voices join in imitation, each in turn falling silent as the music moves around the eight choirs. All forty voices enter simultaneously at times. The piece ranges from delicate textures to the massive full sections which have been described as 'polyphonic detailism'. You need to experience it live! Yes-it a “bucket list” kind of piece for me—and I admit, recently mentioned in Fifty Shade of Grey."