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 The Laudamus Board
Thank you for visiting our website! Laudamus Chamber Chorale is an auditioned choir made up of talented singers from the northern Colorado area. This will be our nineteenth season of bringing high quality choral music to the front range of Colorado. We sing chamber music with instrumentalists, as well as a wide variety of choral music from all historical periods, accompanied and unaccompanied. Whether you are a long-time supporter or are new to Laudamus, we invite you to come and experience a variety of beautiful choral music sung with "Spirit, Passion, and Joy" by the fine singers of Laudamus.
This will be the second season of Laura Gillet conducting. We return to Colorado State University's Organ Recital Hall in April 2017.
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We hope you will take the time to attend our concerts, feeding your heart and soul with choral music of great beauty.