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In the Moon of Wintertime:
Christmas with Ars Nova
Friday, December 7, 7:30pm – St. John’s Episcopal Church
1419 Pine Street, downtown Boulder
Sunday, December 9, matinee, 4:00pm – St. Paul Community of Faith
1600 Grant St, downtown Denver
Thursday, December 13, 7:30pm – St. John’s Episcopal Church
1419 Pine Street, downtown Boulder
Saturday, December 15, 7:30pm – UCC–Longmont
1500 9th Ave, Longmont
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These performances are sponsored by The Millstone Evans Group of Raymond James.
Free your earthbound imagination with the Colorado premiere of The Consolation of Apollo by Kile Smith. This work celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, which entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, 1968. That evening, the astronauts-Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders-held a live broadcast in which they showed the first pictures of the Earth as seen from their spacecraft, and took turns reading from the first verses of the book of Genesis. None of the astronauts were prepared for the spellbinding moment when they would first see their home planet rise from behind the desolate lunar horizon. Said Lovell, “The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth.” Philadelphia composer Kile Smith intersperses transcripts of the Apollo 8 communications with selections from The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius (480–524), the sixth-century writer’s musings our place in the universe. The result is a musical work of extraordinary depth and beauty, a moving choral tribute to this seminal moment in human history.
The second half of the program will offer unusual, rarely heard music for the holiday season with Ars Nova’s unique flair, balancing novelty, tradition, and familiar melodies with innovative new sounds. Come on this exceptional journey and celebrate the season with us!
Rapidly gaining national and international acclaim, the music of Kile Smith (b. 1956) is hailed by critics, performers, and audiences for its strong voice, sheer beauty, and “profoundly direct emotional appeal.” Gramophone hailed the “sparkling beauty” of his music, calling Vespers “spectacular.” The Philadelphia Inquirer called it “ecstatically beautiful,” American Record Guide, “a major new work,” Audiophile Audition, “easily one of the best releases of the year of any type… a crime to pass up,” and Fanfare, “a magnificent achievement.”
Other commissions include The Arc in the Sky, The Consolation of Apollo, The Waking Sun, Where Flames a Word, and others for The Crossing and Donald Nally, who have commissioned Kile more than any other composer; the concert-length Canticle for Craig Hella Johnson’s Vocal Arts Ensemble in Cincinnati; Agnus Dei for the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia; and the song cycles In This Blue Room for Lyric Fest and Plain Truths for the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival. His music has been performed throughout the U.S., in Europe, and by The 24 and others in the U.K. The Independence Foundation awarded Kile a 2018 Fellowship for his first opera, The Book of Job. Four CDs of Kile’s music are due for release in 2018/19. Read more about Kile on his website: https://kilesmith.com
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Music of the Renaissance: The Earthquake Mass
Ars Nova Singers has been recognized for presenting vibrant programs of unusual works from the Renaissance. This program features one of the most breathtaking outbursts of the Renaissance imagination, the colossal “Earthquake” Mass by the French composer Antoine Brumel (c. 1460– 1513). The mass has been called “one of the true marvels of Renaissance choral writing,” with its unusual scoring for 12 voices and its carefully constructed melodic detailing set against astonishingly long, slowly-moving blocks of harmony.
A Celebration of Colorado Artistry: Shared Visions 2
Shared Visions 2 is an interdisciplinary collaboration of Colorado artists: in the summer of 2018, an online gallery of works by Colorado visual artists will be assembled. Then, poets from across the state will view the gallery and use the images as a basis for writing new poetry. This new poetry will be assembled into an anthology, and Ars Nova will commission four Colorado composers to use this anthology to create new music for chorus. We will gather all the artists at the concerts, celebrating our shared visions and new horizons in artistic inspiration and expression.
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