Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen – Screening & Sarasota Choral Festival
October 18, 2014
Church of the Palms
3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34239
Key Chorale is delighted to present the inaugural Sarasota Choral Festival featuring the works of the most frequently performed modern choral composer, Morten Lauridsen. Choral singers from around the area will join the Chorale for an intensive week of rehearsals culminating in a performance of Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. Key Chorale will also make a cameo appearance performing O Magnum Mysterium and Sure on This Shining Night.
The performance will take place in conjunction with a screening of the documentary, Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen. Winner of two Best Documentary awards, called a ‘heartening rarity’ by the Wall Street Journal, this documentary offers a contemplative reflection on the life and music of Morten Lauridsen, a National Medal of Arts recipient named an ‘American Choral Master’ by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Key Chorale is delighted to present the inaugural Sarasota Choral Festival and invites YOU to join us. If you love to sing, and always wanted the experience of singing in a large choir, this is your chance to spend a week rehearsing and performing Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna under the baton of Artistic Director and Conductor, Joseph Caulkins.
Open to all singers (adults and students*) of all abilities. No audition required.
*High school age and older
Rehearsal 1: October 14, 7:00 – 9:30 PM
Rehearsal 2: October 17, 7:00 – 9:30 PM
Rehearsal 3: October 18, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Concert & Screening, October 18, 7:00 PM
*Fee includes music
Online registration is now closed. However you may still register through Tuesday, October 14, 1:30 PM by contacting Joe Waldron, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The music of Morten Lauridsen occupies a permanent place in the standard vocal repertoire of the Twenty-First Century. His eight vocal cycles (Lux Aeterna, Les Chansons des Roses, Madrigali: Six ‘Fire Songs’ on Italian Renaissance Poems, A Winter Come, Cuatro Canciones, A Backyard Universe, Nocturnes and Mid-Winter Songs on Poems by Robert Graves), instrumental works, art songs and series of motets (including O Magnum Mysterium) are performed throughout the world and have been recorded on over two hundred CDs, including several that received Grammy nominations.
Mr. Lauridsen (b. 1943) served as Composer-in-Residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale from 1995-2001 and is currently Distinguished Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. An award-winning documentary by Michael Stillwater, Shining Night – A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen, was released in 2012 (songwithoutborders.net).
In 2006, Morten Lauridsen was named an “American Choral Master” by the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2007 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the highest artistic award in the United States, by the President in a White House ceremony “for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power, and spiritual depth.”