The Brevard Community Chorus, with the Central Florida Winds Symphony of Psalms

Presented by The King Center
Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 7:30 PM
Main Stage

The Brevard Community Chorus, with the Central Florida Winds
Symphony of Psalms, by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Nänie, by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Stravinsky composed the Symphony of Psalms in 1930 on a commission by Serge Koussevitzky to celebrate the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 50th anniversary. It’s a three-movement choral symphony whose text is taken from three of the Psalms (sung in Latin). The orchestration is for wind band and low strings.

Brahms composed Nänie, his opus 82, in 1881 in memory of his deceased friend Anselm Feuerbach (1829-1880), who was an artist. The text is by Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805), the celebrated German poet who wrote William Tell and the Ode to Joy (used by Beethoven for the final movement of his ninth symphony), among other works. Nänie was composed for choir and full orchestra, but the Brevard Community Chorus has commissioned Joseph Kreines, local composer/arranger/conductor, to arrange the accompaniment to be played by the same wind instruments that accompany the Symphony of Psalms.

Also appearing on the concert will be the Brevard Community College Concert Choir and Madrigal Ensemble, both conducted by Dr. Robert E. Lamb. They will present selections from their spring repertoire-A Spring Bouquet.


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