Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni, K.527 Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, op. 73 “Emperor” Kensuke Ota, piano Amy Beach Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, op. 32 “Gaelic” More info here.
News Release May 4, 7:00 p.m.
First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Avenue Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Contact: Carol Wilson, 719-633-8888 firstname.lastname@example.org The next program in the concert series is: On Friday evening, May 4 at 7:00 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue is presenting a concert in celebration of their 140th anniversary. The program, entitled "Love Alone Will Stand," will include a variety of anthems sung by the Chancel Choir, directed by Kim Schultz; Edward Elgar's Sea Pictures, sung by mezzo-soprano Zoe Buxton; and will culminate with the presentation of Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living with choir, soloist, orchestral ensemble and organ. The concert is sponsored by the Susan Rae Jensen Charitable Fund; a free will offering will be collected. A Requiem is traditionally a prayer for rest for the deceased. The five movements of Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living (2013), however, form a narrative just as much for the living, and their own struggle with pain and sorrow, as for the dead. The opening movement sets the traditional Introit and Kyrie texts, pleas for rest and mercy, using ever-increasing elaborations on a simple three-note descending motive. Instead of the traditional Dies Irae, the second movement, Vanitas Vanitatum, sets Scriptural texts from Ecclesiastes and Job that speak of the turmoil and sorrow which face humanity, while yet invoking musical and textual allusions to the Dies Irae. This movement juxtaposes aggressive rhythmic gestures with long, floating melodic lines, including quotes of the Kyrie from the first movement. The Agnus Dei is a plea for deliverance and peace. The following Sanctus, a response to this redemption, offers three different glimpses of the "heavens and earth, full of Thy glory," all of which develop the same musical motive: an ethereal opening section inspired by images of space from the Hubble Space Telescope, a stirring middle section inspired by images of our own planet as viewed from the International Space Station, and a closing section which brings the listener down to Earth, where cities teem with the energy of humanity. The Lux Aeterna which closes the work portrays light, peace, and rest, both for the deceased and the living.
On Sunday, May 13 at 3:00 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue is presenting the Pikes Peak Ringers, one of the premier handbell ensembles in North America, directed by Kevin McChesney. They will be joined by Forte, an amazing handbell quartet whose motto is "Rethink Possible," to present "Jukebox! A Pops Concert." Take your mom out to lunch for Mother's Day, then treat her to this fun-filled program. A free will offering will be taken.
Since 1991, the Pikes Peak Ringers have expanded the boundaries of traditional handbell music, bringing their extensive repertoire, innovative techniques and distinctive visual approach to numerous projects and venues around the country. Recognized worldwide as one of the premier handbell ensembles in North America, the Pikes Peak Ringers released their sixth studio CD, Classics, in the spring of 2011 that includes “Dona Nobis Pacem,” PPR’s track with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma that was released in December 2009 as part of Mr. Ma’s Grammy award-winning CD, “Songs of Joy and Peace.” With an annual performance schedule that includes several local and out-of-state concerts, they have been featured at national handbell events and on promotional recordings, in addition to their own CDs, instructional DVD, and a live concert DVD of the world’s first-ever classical concerto for handbells and orchestra. Today, as a non-profit organization, the Pikes Peak Ringers continue to provide an outlet for advanced ringers in the greater Colorado Springs community, to teach others about handbells through workshops and other venues, and to create vivid performances that showcase the instrument of English handbells with the highest-quality presentation and musicianship. For more information, visit them on Facebook and YouTube.
Based in Colorado Springs, Forté is an advanced quartet marked by artistry, energy, and dedication to their craft. In pursuit of musical excellence, Forté strives to explore, innovate, inspire, and glorify God through the gift of music. Formed in 2007, Forté began as an extended outlet for advanced ringers in Colorado Springs and immediately began to be featured in concerts and tours with the Pikes Peak Ringers. But with an ever-expanding repertoire and the enhanced scheduling flexibility that only a small ensemble can provide, Forté soon emerged as a unique performance and educational quartet, developing an elite reputation within the handbell world. The musicians of Forté – Luke Nabeta, Megan Reishus, Dillon Ekle, and Tory Marting – continually challenge themselves to “Rethink Possible,” expanding their musical and performance horizons, adding original compositions and arrangements to their already-challenging repertoire, and seeking out new performance venues and educational opportunities. In the past few years, Forté has had an increasingly active schedule of concerts and recording CDs and music videos, were featured performers at the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar in 2016, presented a successful tour from Colorado to New York and back, another to Minnesota and back, and are planning several more tours and recording projects. The group celebrated its 10th anniversary last year.