Concert Schedule 2019 - 2020
What Dreams May Come
Nov 24 2019 at 3 pm MacNeill Baptist Church, 1145 King St W, Hamilton. Strata welcomes you to the Canadian premiere of Stephanie Martin’s “Requiem for All Souls”! Be sure to mark November 24 in your calendar because we are thrilled to be performing this beautiful work by Canadian composer and conductor Stephanie Martin, which was commissioned by All Souls’ Church in San Diego, California, and premiered on All Souls’ Day, November 2, 2017.
Many people don’t realize that the music commissioned by churches for performance during Masses, holy days and other ceremonies forms a part of what we now call classical music,” says All Souls’ Director of Music Ruben Valenzuela, who conducted the premiere. Martin’s twenty-five-minute “Requiem for All Souls” is set to the traditional Latin text of the Requiem Mass and will be performed a cappella. Valenzuela describes it as a work of pure, beautiful vocal music grounded in traditional church music.
Martin, associate professor of music at York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design; director of Schola Magdalena (a women’s ensemble for chant, medieval and modern polyphony,) conductor emeritus of Pax Christi Chorale; and past director of music at the historic church of Saint Mary Magdalene in Toronto, is also a prolific composer of choral works.
In addition to the Canadian premiere of Martin’s composition, you will hear a variety of works by big name contemporary composers to complement the Requiem: the bright and sonorous “Ave Maria” by American composer Kevin Memley; Alejandro Consolacion’s soulful “Alleluia”; Eric Whitacre’s “Sleep”; Eriks Esenvalds “The Long Road”; John Tavener’s moving and contemplative “Song for Athene”; and Billy Joel’s exquisite ballad “And So It Goes.”
Here’s a taste of Requiem for All Souls: In Paradisum sung by St. James Choir (Toronto)
Save the Date
Two more concerts are in the works for this season.
Make space in your calendar for:
- The Big Sing on Friday December 13 at Fieldcote, Ancaster
- Sights and Sounds on Sunday April 19 2020 at MacNeill Baptist Church, Hamilton
(more information below)
Sights and Sounds
April 19 2020 at 3 pm
MacNeill Baptist Church, 1145 King St W, Hamilton
You will be grounded and uplifted by our spring concert as we explore the beauty of sounds and sights in the world around us!
Our programme features Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass, a gorgeous work for choir and string quartet, in which the composer set the traditional Latin texts of the Mass but gave each section an English title relating to the natural world (“The Spheres,” “Sunrise,” “The City,” “Identity,” and “The Ground.” Says Gjeilo, “I wanted the musical development of the work to evolve from the most transparent and spacey, to something completely earthy and grounded; from nebulous and pristine to more emotional and dramatic, and eventually warm and solid—as a metaphor for human development from child to adult, or as a spiritual journey.”
Celebrated composer Morten Lauridsen finds inspiration from the remote beauty of Waldron Island in Washington State, where he lives. Complementing the Sunrise Mass is Lauridsen’s Chanson des Roses, a five-song-cycle setting of the elegant French poems by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke.
We are also excited to bring you music of three Canadians. Nancy Telfer is a well-known Ontario-based composer. As with many of her compositions, she drew inspiration for “Silence” from the beauty of natural environments. Frank Thorolfson was the first chairperson of McMaster University’s music department and we are pleased to be singing “The Ghost,” which he wrote for the McMaster University Choir. Manitoban Andrew Balfour is a distinguished Indigenous composer. The Ojibway text of his choral work “Ambe,” which opens our programme, translates as “Come in, all two-legged humans, there is good life here.”
Mark your spring calendars to come and be warmed by these delightful compositions as we present to you, “Sights and Sounds”!