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Ars Nova Singers • 33rd Season • 2018-2019
Sacred Jazz! Will Todd’s Mass in Blue
An “exuberant and electrifying” mass for jazz ensemble, soprano, and choir, Mass in Blue was commissioned by Hertfordshire Chorus and first performed in July 2003. This uplifting and innovative work is one of celebration, and 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!”
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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