Spring '18 Concert
Rutter Gloria, and The Sprig of Thyme
Saturday May 12th, 4:00 PM
Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye, NY
Frank Nemhauser, Director
David Baranowski, Accompanist
Music Conservatory of Westchester
216 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606
About John Rutter
John Rutter was born in London in 1945 and received his first musical education as a chorister at Highgate School. He went on to study music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he wrote his first published compositions and conducted his first recording while still a student.
His compositional career has embraced both large and small-scale choral works, orchestral and instrumental pieces, a piano concerto, two children's operas, music for television, and specialist writing for such groups as the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and the King's Singers. His most recent larger choral works, Requiem (1985), Magnificat (1990) and Psalmfest (1993) have been performed many times in Britain, North America, and a growing number of other countries. He co-edited four volumes in the Carols for Choirs series with Sir David Willcocks, and, more recently, has edited the first two volumes in the new Oxford Choral Classics series, Opera Choruses (1995) and European Sacred Music (1996).
About the music
John Rutter's Gloria is a musical setting of parts of the Latin Gloria. He composed it in 1974 on a commission from Mel Olson, and conducted the premiere in Omaha, Nebraska. He structured the text in three movements and scored it for choir, brass, percussion and organ, with an alternative version for choir and orchestra. It was published in 1976 by Oxford University Press.
The work has been recorded several times, including a first recording conducted by the composer, and has enjoyed success over the years. It has been performed by both professionals and lay ensembles. Described as "exalted, devotional and jubilant", it has been part of Christmas concerts.
Rutter's The Sprig of Thyme
The Sprig of Thyme offers a selection of traditional songs of the British Isles, drawing together long-standing favorites as the Willow song and The Miller of Dee with lesser known gems as O can ye sew cushions and The Sprig of Thyme. Many new settings for choir and small instrumental group have been created by John Rutter. Rutter’s suite of eleven traditional songs, The Sprig of Thyme is published by Oxford University Press.
about our summer sings program
Every summer we offer a series of summer sings comprised of notable and popular choral works, each conducted by a guest conductor. There is a $15 admission fee, and a $10 fee for students. Music is available to borrow at the door. Summer sings start in late June and run into July. Check back on our homepage in late May for more info on the specific choral works we will be offering.
Summer Sings - Tuesday evenings at 7:30 PM
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