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“Out of nothingness” and Pieta performed on CF2 Sacred Sounds concert at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Orlando on January 25

CFCF-Sacred-4Local composers present world premieres and recently composed music for a variety of sacred faith traditions. Featuring the Cathedral Choir and Orlando Deanery Boychoir and Girls Choir of the Cathedral Church of St Luke – Orlando, FL. Featuring organist Ben Lane, trumpeter Benoit Glazer and other musical guests. A collaboration between St. Luke’s and the Central Florida Composers Forum, composers include Ben Lane, Charlie Griffin, Stan Cording, Keith Lay, Carl MaultsBy, Glenn Osbourne and Benoit Glazer.

The Central Florida Composers Forum and the Cathedral Church of St. Luke proudly announce Sacred Sounds, a collaborative concert of contemporary spiritual music. Under the direction of Benjamin Lane, spiritual and sacred music will be performed by the adult choirs of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, along with their Orlando Deanery Boychoir, Girls’ Choir. Guest instrumentalists include cellist Shona McFadyen-Mungall and the Orlando Brass Quintet (Rick Ingoglia and Ken Cutler, trumpets; Michael Barr, French horn; Ben Kon trombone; and William Miller, Tuba). Admission is free.

This will be a fascinating, diverse, and emotionally moving program. Carl MaultsBy’s “I Hear Music in the Air” for children’s choir and organ is based upon and evokes the rich history of U.S. slave spirituals, while Keith Lay’s “Wonderous Love” is a 20th century arrangement of the 19th century Southern folk hymn that expresses awe at the love of God.

Benjamin Lane’s epic and joyful “Te Deum” for choir, organ and brass quintet, Michael Miller and Benjamin Lane’s collaborative “Let the People Praise You” for choir, organ, and brass quintet, and Stan Cording’s celebratory “Praise Ye the Lord” for choir and organ all evoke the celebratory and triumphal side of much sacred music while Glenn Osbourne’s chromatic “God, Your Golden Doorway Beckons” for children’s choir and piano highlights a more reflective side of the sacred.

I have two works on this program, a setting of Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Pieta” for solo mezzo soprano, cello and organ, and “Out of nothingness,” for choir, organ and percussion, which weaves together fragments of poetic texts by various Sufi mystics and evokes non-Western spiritual dance traditions that rely on trance states.

Benoit Glazer’s “Into the Light (Prelude and Fugue in C minor)” for trumpet and organ was written specifically for this concert and marries elements of the improvisatory spirit of Jazz with the rigor of baroque counterpoint as found in the work of the Baroque master of church music, J.S. Bach.

Always Park Free. You can now park anytime 24/7 in the Regions Tower Garage. Entering the up-ramp on Washington, receive an Entrance ticket. At the Cathedral, pick up an Exit ticket from an usher. Using the two tickets, exit the garage free of charge. And street meters are still free all day on Sundays.

Zero Crossings – January 19, 2015

Sacred-GroupMy guests this week were local composers Carl MaultsBy, Benjamin Lane, Stan Cording and Keith Lay. I interviewed all four composers in anticipation of a concert happening locally this Sunday (details to follow in a separate post).
Listen to the interviews and examples of their music here:

      Zero Crossings – January 19, 2015, with Cording, Lane, Lay & MaultsBy

set fire to have light performed at the Orlando White House by principals of the Orlando Philharmonic

rimmaTop string players from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra come together to play my string quartet, set fire to have light, along with music by award-winning, local composers.

CF2 (Central Florida Composers Forum) is organizing a concert for string quartet and other local musicians, featuring the talents of Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra musicians Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, Alex Stevens, Mauricio Cespedes and David Bjella.

The concert will take place on May 12th, 2013 (7:30 PM) at the White House in Orlando.

The White House is the perfect venue for chamber music concerts, since it is in a private home. The Timucua Arts Foundation, led by Benoit Glazer (Conductor at La Nouba, Cirque du Soleil), has been serving the Central Florida community through FREE concerts at his home for over 12 years. The venue contains balcony-seating, modern art by local artists, and state of the art recording technology. It can comfortably accommodate 160 seated guests, but has hosted up to 220 people in a single concert.

Featured composers include Thad Anderson, Benoit Glazer, Eric Brook, Charles Griffin, Keith Lay, Danny McIntyre, Tim Stulman, and Karen Van Duyne.