2017 Summer Choral Reading Sessions: EASTERN EUROPEAN VOICES

2017 Summer Choral Reading Sessions


Montview’s annual reading sessions continue with an exploration of Eastern European choral music, composed by Antonin Dvorak, Zoltan Kodaly, Leos Janacek, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Arvo Part. I am excited to be joined by conductors Mary Louise Burke (Colorado Symphony Chorus), Gregory Gentry (CU Boulder) and Taylor Martin (Denver Pro Chorale) for our Thursday Evening sessions of great music-making together. I look forward to singing with you soon. -Adam Waite, Minister of Music

Sessions begin promptly at 7 p.m. in the Choir Room, located below the Sanctuary. Participants are asked to contribute $10 per session to cover musical expenses.

Montview Church is located at 1980 Dahlia St. in Denver. For further information, contact Barbara Hulac at 303-355-1651, ext. 105 or hulac@montview.org.

Thursday, June 1, 7:00 pm
Rachmaninoff: All Night Vigil
Gregory Gentry conducting

Gregory Gentry is the Director of Choral Studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado and is the newly appointed “Lynn Whitten Choral Faculty Fellow”. He administers the university’s doctoral, masters and undergraduate choral conducting programs. He also oversees eight choral ensembles, from madrigal to symphonic choirs to vocal jazz. Dr. Gentry opens our season with the masterwork of the Russian Orthodox Church composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff in 1915.

Thursday, June 8, 7:00 pm
Kodaly: Psalmus Hungarius
Janacek: Our Father
Mary Louise Burke conducting

A fixture in the Denver choral community, Mary Louise Burke is the Associate Conductor for the Colorado Symphony Chorus and Associate Director of the Colorado Children’s Chorale. Additionally, Dr. Burke serves as the Artistic Advisor to Montview’s Westminster Choir. Join her for a survey of two of the finest Eastern European choral composers from the first half of the 20th century: Zoltan Kodaly and Leos Janacek.

Thursday, June 15, 7:00 pm
Dvorak: Mass In D
Adam Waite conducting

The most widely known Czech Composer, Antonin Dvorak, wrote his Mass in D major in 1887. Composed for the consecration of a private chapel, Dvorak originally intended his mass to be used within a worship service instead of the concert hall. The resultant piece evokes prayerful and pastoral moods, while still infused with the folk-like melodies Dvorak made an integral part of his compositional style. Minister of Music Adam Waite conducts the 2018 Spring Concert preview of this work.

Thursday, June 22, 7:00 pm
Pärt: Berliner Messe
Taylor Martin conducting

Estonian Composer Arvo Part is best known for his minimalist compositional style, self described as “tintinnabuli” — or the effect of sound lingering after a bell has been struck. Melodic, meditative, yet demanding, Part’s choral music can be hypnotic and captivating in a way that seems both brand new and centuries old. Denver Pro Chorale’s recently appointed Artistic Director Taylor Martin leads our series finale.

The cost is $10 per session. You may make checks payable to Montview Conservatory of Music and mail to the Conservatory at 1980 Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80220-1239. You may also email your response to: hulac@montview.org and then pay at the door.
For questions contact Barbara Hulac at hulac@montview.org or 303-355-1651 ext. 105.

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