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Concert: Rachmanioff Choir and Bowdoin Chorus

  • 11/15/2012 | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Location: Bowdoin Chapel, Chapel
  • Event Type: Concert

Concert: Rachmanioff Choir and Bowdoin ChorusThe Rachmaninoff Choir, under the direction of Anthony Antolini, will perform a free concert featuring Rachmaninoff's 1915 "All-Night Vigil," Op. 35 (also known as the "Vespers"). There are no tickets and no reserved seats. Seating is limited.

The choir combines members of Bowdoin Chorus, Down East Singers, and choristers from Maine, New Hampshire and the greater Boston metropolitan area. Following the Bowdoin concert the ensemble will travel to St. George's Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Hartford, Connecticut, and St. Sava's Serbian Orthodox Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for performances on November 16 and 17.

Featured soloists in the Rachmaninoff concert are contralto Stephanie Kacoyanis, based in Boston, and tenor David Myers Jr., tenor soloist with Down East Singers.

Rachmaninoff composed the "All-Night Vigil" during January and February 1915. Its premiere performance was a war-relief fundraising concert on March 10, 1915, by a choir of men and boys. The unaccompanied work is generally considered Rachmaninoff's greatest choral composition and a monument of Russian Orthodox sacred music.

Extreme demands are placed on the singers, particularly the low basses, who descend to subterranean parts of their vocal range. The fifth movement ends on the lowest B-flat in the human range. Rachmaninoff later used some of the melodies of the "Vespers" in some of his most famous instrumental compositions, such as the Third Piano Concerto and the Symphonic Dances.

The hour-long work includes familiar texts such as the Nunc Dimittis (Song of Simeon), the Ave Maria, the Magnificat (Song of Mary) and the Gloria in Excelsis.

For further information please visit rachmaninoffchoir.org or telephone 207-725-3347.