Ten choral works I performed with the Cathedral Choral Society:
- E. Whitacre, "Lux Aurumque"
- J. Haydn, The Creation
- F. Schmitt, Psalm XLVII
- H. Vaughan/G. Finzi, "The Brightness of this Day"
- C. Callahan, "Alleluia"
- J.S. Bach, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
- E. Fissinger, "Welcome Yule"
- K. Leighton, "Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child"
- D. Willcocks, "Hark! how all the welkin rings!"
- C. Orff, Carmina Burana
I subscribe to a weekly newsletter that informs me of every performance presented by the US School of Music. I noticed this week that the upcoming concert by the UW concert band would feature, among other things, the first and last pieces on this list. I naturally thought it must be a mistake. While I could imagine a concert band transcription of Carmina Burana (">parts of it, at least), "Lux Aurumque" is so light and ethereal that the idea of it being performed by brass and winds seemed perfectly ridiculous. But I checked with the person who send out the newsletter, and she confirmed it. The idea of it is just so bizarre to me that I feel that I have no choice but to attend the concert. I mean, I would have gone regardless, but now it seems like a moral imperative somehow.
(By the way, if you watch the linked video, you may be interested in reading this blog post by the composer and conductor about how it was recorded. Also, if you've got 71 minutes to spare, here is Carmina Burana in its entirety, performed by the UC Davis Chorus and Symphony Orchestra) on the YouTube.)