Date:03/15 Friday 8pm Concert 7:30pm Pre-concert lecture
In 2011, English composer Gabriel Jackson was commissioned to compose a work commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of the great Spanish Renaissance composer Tomas Luis de Victoria. Mr. Jackson chose to celebrate the well-traveled Spanish pilgrimage route known as the Camino de Santiago de Campostela. Accompanied by cello and percussion, the 30-minute work incorporates an eclectic array of texts, including portions of the Codex Calixtinus, the antiphon from the Feast of St. James, a speech by President John Adams, and poems by William Cowper, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson. The result is a powerful statement using a very accessible, tonal musical language.In the second half of the program, in juxtaposition to the modern Jackson work, the chorus will sing double-choir motets by Victoria, as well as motets by Bach, Brahms, and Rheinberger.