Originally published in Compass, March 27, 2014
Bagaduce Chorale Spring Concert “Gratias Omnes” to be presented in Ellsworth and Deer Isle
The Bagaduce Chorale and Music Director Bronwyn Kortge say “thank you for 40 glorious years” to founder, director emerita, and accompanist Mary Cheyney Gould. To celebrate Gould, who founded the chorale in the spring of 1974, Kortge has created a program of two contrasting parts, one dark, contemplative and yearning, the other full of light, exuberance, and the themes of rebirth and gratitude, according to a news release from the chorale.
The program includes the magical and deeply moving a capella piece “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre and three favorites of Gould that feature gorgeous piano accompaniments: “Sure on This Shining Night” by Morten Lauridsen, “Stars I Shall Find” by David Dickau and “Choose Something Like a Star” by Randall Thompson.
Two contemporary compositions are the featured works. Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo’s 2010 “Dark Night of the Soul,” based on three stanzas from Saint John of the Cross’ mystical poem by the same name, explores the interplay of chorus, piano and string quartet.
Karl Jenkins’ “Te Deum,” scored for chorus, keyboard, horns, strings and percussion, is a high-energy hymn of thanksgiving that features brass flourishes and uses the choir like an orchestra to create driving percussive rhythms, lush string-like tonality, and massive walls of vocal sound.
Performances will be at the Ellsworth High School Auditorium on Friday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. and at The Reach Performing Arts Center on Deer Isle on Sunday, May 4, at 3 p.m. Reserve prime, prepaid seating by calling Gerry at 326-0575. Organizers ask that you reserve your seats by April 26. Visit bagaducechorale.org for information.