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Daniel Taylor, countertenor
Steven Darsey, Artistic Director
Through a compelling range of seminal literature, the Meridian Chorale will honor the Roman poet Virgil’s admonition to “sing greater things” in concert, November 17, 7:30 PM, in the acoustically renowned Spivey Hall. Composers represented include Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), Josquin des Prez (c. 1450-1521), Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) Samuel Barber (1910-1981) and Steven Darsey (b. 1953). The program will conclude with opera and musical theater selections sung by chorale soloists.
The concert will feature Leonard Bernstein’s Missa Brevis, which Bernstein presented to Robert Shaw in honor of his retirement as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 1988. The Missa Brevis is the final choral work Bernstein completed before his death in 1989.
The Missa Brevis will feature renowned countertenor Daniel Taylor. A conductor and early music specialist, Taylor is head of historical performance for the University of Toronto and artistic director of Canada’s Theater of Early Music. Taylor will also perform arias from Handel operas.
The Meridian Chorale sings to make the world a better place. Comprising many of the finest choral and concert singers in Georgia, the chorale’s performances have been likened to musical stained glass. Singing to communicate “greater things,” the chorale inspires a new dimension of listening. The chorale may be heard on CDs produced by Meridian Herald.
Steven Darsey, artistic director, will conduct the concert. Earning his doctorate in choral conducting from Yale, Darsey also has studied at Cambridge University. He prepared choruses for Robert Shaw during Shaw’s tenure as a distinguished professor at Emory University. A prolific composer, Darsey has written commissioned works and published modern arrangements of traditional music. His major work to date is an oratorio setting of Georgia poet Sidney Lanier’s poetic masterpiece, The Marshes of Glynn.
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Unless otherwise indicated, Spivey Hall welcomes patrons ages 12 and up to all performances. For questions or to receive concert recommendations for younger patrons, please call the Box Office at (678) 466-4200.