WVC 2016‐17 Season
All concerts will be held at our West Village home, Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South (at Thompson Street) Map
Sunday, May 21st at 6:00pm
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
(at Thompson Street)
Tickets available from a Chorale Member or online
In Advance: $25 General /$10 Student with ID
At Door: $30 General/$15 Student with ID
The West Village Chorale is perhaps most at home performing the music of American composers, and this program offers a beautiful and diverse palette. Included are works ranging from early American music and traditional spirituals arranged by such titans as Alice Parker and Moses Hogan, to twentieth-century favorites by Copland, Bernstein, Barber and Thompson, and new classics by living American voices, composers Eric Whitacre, Abbie Betinis and our beloved former director Michael Conley.
We’re also thrilled to be presenting the premiere of a new work commissioned by the WVC—”Good-Night,” a setting of Shelley’s poem of that name by composer Thomas Peters. Peters writes:
“The tonality of ‘Good-Night’ comes from the Raga Rageshri. A raga is a mode in Indian music with unique intervallic patterns, key phrases, and embellishments. I first heard the Raga Rageshri in a presentation last November, and I was immediately entranced by its beauty. Although ragas are typically used in improvisation, I wanted to write a choral piece using the scales, phrases, and moods of the Raga Rageshri. This particular raga is associated with romance, humor, peace, and nighttime. Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem perfectly captures the spirit of this Raga Rageshri.”
“Good-Night” is just one stop on our journey in “American Voices”—we hope you will be able to join us!
A light reception will follow the concert.
Earlier This Season:
Seeing Double: Music for Double Choir
Two choirs are better than one!
Centered on the performance of Frank Martin’s luminously beautiful and rarely performed “Mass for Double Choir A Cappella,” this concert continues our exploration of the acoustically stunning home we are privileged to have in Judson Memorial Church. Featured pieces include Felix Mendelssohn’s “Drei Psalmen” (op. 78) and “Dreamscape,” a lush and haunting setting of Edgar Allen Poe, by our own Colin Britt.
Sunday, December 11, 2016 – 5pm
Our inaugural concert with our new Artistic Director Colin Britt features a variety of carols from around the world, including Mendelssohn’s oratorio Christus, selections from Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, and a variety of new pieces and traditional holiday favorites to sing along.