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Sacred Jazz! Will Todd’s Mass in Blue
Sponsored by Carol Ross and Associates, LLC
Lift your spirit! The excitement is palpable as Ars Nova Singers’ 33rd season opens with an “exuberant and electrifying” mass for jazz ensemble, soprano, and choir. Contemporary English composer Will Todd’s Mass in Blue was commissioned by Hertfordshire Chorus and first performed in July 2003. It is a brilliant blend of driving jazz grooves and clear, strong, choral writing. This uplifting and innovative work reflects not only the composer’s love of jazz and his admiration of jazz performers, but also his own experience as an improviser. It weaves Todd’s imaginative melodies with 12-bar blues and up-beat grooves in a hybrid style that has been described as “religious doctrine meets funk!” Our special guests include renowned local jazz artists Kathryn Radakovich, soprano; Scott Martin, piano; Mark Diamond, bass; and Russ Meissner, drums. Read more about our guest artists.1419 Pine Street
Will Todd’s music is sung and loved all over the world. A composer of great fluency, his work encompasses choral works large and small, opera, musical theatre and orchestral pieces, as well as jazz compositions and chamber works. His 2003 jazz Mass in Blue has been performed extensively worldwide; many times with the Will Todd Trio and Will at the piano. He has collaborated with award winning choirs The Sixteen and Tenebrae, as well as with the BBC Singers, BBC Concert Orchestra, The Halle Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, Opera Holland Park, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, and The Bach Choir. His music is valued for its melodic intensity and harmonic skill, and his choral music is much in demand from amateur as well as professional performers. “One of the UK’s most sought-after, versatile composers.” – Tempo
Ars Nova Holiday Concerts: In the Moon of Wintertime
Friday, December 7, 2018 - St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boulder
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - St. Paul Community of Faith, Denver (matinee, 4:00pm)
Thursday, December 13, 2018 - St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boulder
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - First Congregational Church, Longmont
Free your earthbound imagination with the Colorado premiere of The Consolation of Apollo by Kile Smith. This work celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Christmas Eve broadcast by the crew of Apollo 8, as they became the first astronauts to leave Earth’s orbit, circle the moon, and photograph the entire Earth. 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.
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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