I Cantanti Chamber Choirs, under the direction of Wayne Kivell, will present its annual Spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on on Sunday (April 27) in the Carleton Concert Hall.
Titled “Mass Appeal,” the concert will feature settings of the modern Mass, all composed in the last 50 years.
The concert will begin with an American Eclectic Mass, with movements by Glenn McClure, John Ness Beck, Leonard Bernstein, Craig Courtney and William Albright. From the Caribbean rhythms of McClure’s “Kyrie,” to the soaring melodies of Courtney’s “Sanctus,” and ending with the lush dissonances of Albright’s “Agnus Dei,” and this mass will show the variety in the writing styles of contemporary American choral composers.
Le Donne, the women’s ensemble, will perform “Mass for Women’s Voices” by György Orbán. So important is the piano accompaniment that this lyric and rhythmical work should more aptly be called a duet for women’s voices and piano.
I Cantanti will close the concert with Sunrise Mass, for mixed voices and strings by young Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. Gjeilo’s writing varies from simple melodies to rich, thickly textured harmonies.
Sponsored by the Carleton College Music Department, the concert is free and open to the public.
I Cantanti Chamber Choirs have received a general operating grant of $4000 from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) for the 2013-2014 season. This grant helps to fund instrumentalists for the performance. I Cantanti is in its 26th year as a non-profit choral arts organization in Northfield.
The concert will be preceded by a short discussion of the works on the program at 7:10 p.m.