The 2016 - 2017 Season
Fall 2016: This Sceptered Isle
Laudamus is excited to present choral music from the British Isles on our autumn 2016 concert.
Throughout its history, the United Kingdom has been a major source of musical innovation drawing from its ancient and traditional folk music as well as instrumental music of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Laudamus will explore works from Great Britain’s cathedral tradition in works of Byrd, Purcell, Stanford, and Finzi, and new sacred music by James MacMillan.
The concert will also feature folk-tunes from England, Scotland, and Ireland along with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ tribute to Shakespeare (his quadracentennial year) in his exquisite masterpiece Serenade to Music.
This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,--
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
"King Richard II", Act 2 scene 1, John of Gaunt’s speech
Spring 2017: Dulcis Memoria
“Hearing Fauré’s Requiem as he intended it to be performed would be a revelation to most people....” Robert Orledge, Gabriel Fauré, page 110.
Join Laudamus for our spring 2017 concerts, music of Sweet Memories (Dulcis Memoria) featuring Faure’s Requiem in its original orchestration.
While the Requiems of Verdi and Berlioz are spectacular works that address the topics of death, resurrection and final judgement in grand, almost theatrical tones, Mozart’s Requiem is poignant and refined. Fauré, by contrast, composed his Requiem as a hymn of solace and supplication – his is music to comfort mourners. Fauré’s original orchestration (scored for violas, cellos, basses, horns, harp, organ, and solo violin) beautifully fulfills his vision of an intimate, and personal prayer of hope and solace.
In addition to Fauré’s Requiem, Laudamus presents music of consolation in works by contemporary composers Thomas LaVoy, Eriks Esenvalds, and Daniel Elder.
From Our Music Director
Welcome to the Laudamus Chamber Chorale website. Thank you for visiting us! Please take some time to click on the various links of the site to learn more about us, our mission, and our current projects.
We have fabulous concerts planned for this, our 19th season! Check out the concert details on the top of this page and plan to join us for our concerts. There is something for everyone on each of these exciting programs. Next year marks our 20th anniversary and we have big plans underway. We are excited to be working on a choral commission to commemorate this momentous occasion! Stayed tuned for more information about this special project, and if you would like to express your excitement, too, we are still accepting donations to make this dream come true.
Whether you are a long-time supporter of Laudamus Chamber Chorale or if you are just getting to know us, we hope that this website will bring you closer to getting to know us and our music-making a little better.