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Birthday Notes for Herbert Howells

When: Sat October 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Where: Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano (San Juan Capistrano, CA)

Choral ensembles throughout the world are celebrating the 125th anniversary of Herbert Howells birth this year. The music of Howells is perhaps the most unique and exquisitely beautiful music written in the 20th century for choral ensembles. Our program features an early work, his Requiem, a work filled with hope and extravagant luminosity.

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The Annual Holiday Concert

When: Sat December 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Where: Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano (San Juan Capistrano, CA)

Perhaps the most enchanting and haunting feature of Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols is its simplicity. What could be more sublimely austere than medieval carols in middle English, the clarion voices of the de Angelis singers, accompanied by the plucked strains of a lone harp?

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Hail, Bright Cecelia

When: Sat February 10, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Where: Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano (San Juan Capistrano, CA)

When Handel first presented his setting of Alexander’s Feast, or The Power of Music, on 25 February 1736 at Covent Garden, he needed to extend the two-part work to satisfy his opera-going audience’s expectations of a three-act evening. Ten days later Handel reworked some existing material, and added a text by John Dryden – The Ode to St. Cecilia was born.

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Sacré France

When: Fri April 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Where: Cultural Center at Christ Cathedral (Garden Grove, CA)

In 1936, the death of a composer friend in an automobile accident prompted Poulenc to visit the shrine of the Black Virgin of Rocamadour, where he experienced a life-changing transformation. This rediscovery of his Roman Catholic faith led to a series of compositions based on religious themes, beginning with the Litanies à la vierge noire (1936) and including the Mass in G (1937).

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