I’ve recently rejoined the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh. We’re putting on our fall concerts next week. The music is wonderful. If you like classical vocal music (or want to exposure your kids to one of the great local choirs), I hope you’ll consider buying tickets and attending. Here’s a complete description of the concerts:
Voices on the Wind
Featuring the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble
Saturday, October 27 at 8:00 p.m., Trinity Cathedral, Downtown
Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m., Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland
The 24-player CMU Wind Ensemble joins the Bach Choir in a program featuring glorious pieces for wind instruments – including the ultimate wind instrument – the human voice. Come soar with us on the wings of song.
The Franz Biebl Ave Maria, a beautiful a capella setting of the standard text, is like Bruckner with its thick and expansive harmonies. It has become a gem of the standard choral literature, brought into prominence by Chanticleer.
Meaning “horse” in Latin, this piece was composed from discarded themes and ideas covering four years of the composer Eric Whitacre’s life. This rhythmic and exciting piece is a great example of program music, featuring the women of the Bach Choir.
Vincent Persichetti’s meaningful setting of the incredible poetry of Walt Whitman features pieces primarily from Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.” These settings are thoughtful, spirited and dazzling in their use of colorful orchestration and choral voicing.
Rainland explores the inner landscape of a young woman experiencing deep hurt for the first time. The music is both haunting and mysterious, featuring soloists from the Bach Choir. Rainland is the “place where tears come from” and is the U.S. premiere of the UK composer, Joseph Phibbs.
Tickets are available through ProArts 412-394-3353 or proartstickets.org