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Volume 6, No. 4                 2018                                 February
2017-18 Schedule
Dvořák Stabat Mater

Duke University Chapel
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Chamber Choir Concert:
Creation and Creativity
With Monica Reinagel, mezzo-soprano
Copland: In the Beginning
Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes Op. 52
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
Mahler’s Symphony #2
With David Briggs, organist and Duke Chapel Choir
Duke University Chapel
Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna
 With Durham
School of the Arts 

Duke University Chapel
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

Don’t you just love Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes? The lilting rhythm, the smooth-as-schlag harmonies? We do, too, so Hooray that the Chamber Choir gets to sing them again in March, or the first set, Opus 52, anyhow, in what promises to be an arresting musical merger. You wouldn’t automatically think of Aaron Copland and Brahms as musical bedfellows, but Rodney, with his usual impeccable programming chops, has paired the Liebeslieders with Copland’s In the Beginning, an exuberant and, may we state (make that understate!), rhythmically challenging setting of the Genesis text for mezzo-soprano and chorus a cappella. An enticingly diverse menu for audience and singers alike, for a concert we’re calling “Creation and Creativity.”
Interesting side note: Copland knew this would be no piece of cake for the singers, especially without an orchestra to keep them in line, hence this small print at the bottom: “At the conductor’s discretion, the [rehearsal] piano part may be used as an aid to the singers.” Well, thanks anyway, Aaron, but no problem. We’re all over it, and we’ve got it down, as the Chamber Choir will demonstrate, with pleasure, at its free concert, with contralto Monica Reinagel, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Durham on Saturday, March 10th.
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Hello, friends!
Feeling the need for a soothing respite from turbulent and unpredictable weather of various kinds?  However weird this winter, spring is waiting in the wings, AND the Choral Society is mounting the risers here and there in the coming weeks to bring you bountiful bouquets of beautiful music. As you’ll see from a look at the schedule, some very good things are happening soon!
Just how did one of the butcher’s 14 children in a Bohemian village become a prolific and beloved composer, blending Classicism and Romanticism with folk melodies and idioms? No doubt it helped that his dad, who also ran the pub next door, played the zither and sang for his customers as they danced and made merry. Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904) left a wealth of symphony, opera, sacred, and chamber works studded with echoes of those evenings at the pub. He was a rather complex fellow altogether, a life-long ardent train-spotter and pigeon fancier, serious agoraphobe, devoted to both family and faith, and — once, at least — a (very) petty thief: Appointed to the Austrian House of Parliament, Dvořák attended only once, for his swearing in, at which he pocketed all the pencils on the table, which he badly needed to write his scores! See? Thoroughly human, just like the rest of us.
Humanity is never more present than in his achingly beautiful Stabat Mater, setting the scene of Christ’s crucifixion from the perspective of the suffering mother standing at the foot of the cross. It’s no coincidence that three of Dvořák’s children died young within a few years of each other, the first shortly before he began its composition. Lots of settings have been made of this text, mostly famously by Palestrina, Pergolesi, Haydn, Rossini and Verdi. But none more deeply touches the heart than Dvořák’s sublimely melodic blend of orchestra and voices, as he leads listeners (and performers!) — through an emotional landscape he knew intimately — from grief, humility, meditation and acceptance to a final glorious affirmation of life.
So, we know we’re starting to sound repetitive, but it can’t be helped: One of the glories of choral singing is that, when we get to dig into a work as deeply moving and musically satisfying as this one, it always feels like, surely, the best thing we’ve ever done! And so, of course, we’re eager for everyone to come experience it with us. Which you can do soon, of course, on Saturday the 17th, at Duke Chapel. Don’t miss it. Really.
Command Performance
After much fun and success in 2017, CSD's Second Gala Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction will be held at the JB Duke Hotel on Friday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m.  Food, drinks, friends and even some music should entertain you while you browse some not-to-be-missed items in the Silent Auction!  For more information, to request an invitation or RSVP, please see  We hope to see you at the Gala!
It is not too late to
donate to CSD
When choosing which non-profit organization to support this year, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Choral Society of Durham. Ticket sales and member dues cover only one-third of our expenses, and we need you to help us continue to bring the very best in choral music to our community. Never doubt that it is your participation, your donation, that hires the finest soloists and instrumentalists, provides reduced price tickets to students and offers scholarships to singers who require financial aid. For more information, click here.

Our concerts are supported by the Durham Arts Council's Annual Arts Fund and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
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