CARITAS – Our 2016 Summer Series!
Since 2003, Musical Associates: A Chamber Chorus in Lancaster, PA has delighted audiences with choral programs ranging from Medieval music to the present day. Under the direction of Emery DeWitt, this 40-voice auditioned chorus is unique in that it rehearses and performs only in the summer months, allowing area professionals the opportunity to hone skills and enjoy challenging repertoire without the pressures of the fall and spring academic seasons.
This year, our concert series is entitled CARITAS, a Latin word that is usually translated as “charity,” but also had the connotation of “love for all” and “preciousness.” We chose the title because the concert features several works by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo (pronounced “Yay-lo”), including his three settings of the various verses of the Latin hymn Ubi Caritas. One setting is with piano accompaniment, one is a cappella, and the third is accompanied by string quartet. The program also will contain three other works by Gjeilo: Northern Lights, The Ground (with string quartet), and Evening Prayer (featuring a saxophone accompaniment that is partially improvised!)
The string quartet will also join the group for works by Mozart (Ave Verum Corpus), George Frederick Handel (from Chandos Anthem No. 9) Eric Whitacre (Five Hebrew Love Songs), and James Sclater (Come, Lead Us Gently, from his Lux Aeterna).
Please enjoy excerpts from prior seasons on our Listen page, and then join us in August for a wonderful musical celebration!