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Trinity Episcopal Cathedral: Spring Concert
May 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm PDT
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, downtown Portland, Oregon, will release a virtual Spring Concert on Saturday, May 8, at 7 pm. The Spring Concert’s original program, featuring the Cathedral Choir and Portland Baroque Orchestra in works by Henry Purcell and G.F. Handel, is being postponed until Spring 2022, but in its place, Trinity Music is thrilled to offer a program of sparkling springtime chamber music, featuring instrumentalists and singers from within the cathedral’s musical community and friends from Portland Baroque Orchestra and other area organizations. At the center of this program will be the world premiere of Portland composer Damien Geter’s setting of The Gift to Sing by James Weldon Johnson.
Also featured on the program will be works from Baroque composers Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Barbara Strozzi and Isabella Leonarda, all with members of the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and featuring such prominent Portland soloists as Hannah Penn, Les Green, Vakare Petroliunate, and Les Green, among many others. In addition, the program will feature four art songs by Fanny Hensel, Robert Schumann, Florence Price, and Ned Rorem, as well as madrigals and part songs by Thomas Morley, William Byrd, C.V. Stanford, Marilyn Epp and Walter Jurmann and Judith Bingham.
Trinity’s cherished link to Congregation Beth Israel will be celebrated with rarely-performed choral music by the great early Baroque master Salamone Rossi, and with 20th century liturgical music stemming from Reform Judaism. This latter segment, structured around music by Kurt Weill and Bonia Shur, will highlight solo work by Beth Israel’s Cantor, Ida Rae Cahana.
Bookending the concert will be two settings of the medieval poem Spring Carol, including the popular version created by Benjamin Britten for his A Ceremony of Carols. These will be sung by the four graduating choristers from Trinity’s Choir School, in a valedictory appearance highlighting the important role that young voices play in the Anglican-Episcopal musical tradition, in general, and at Trinity in particular.
(Ticket purchase not required to view livestream)
For more information, see trinity-episcopal.org/music-series