Enjoy these live recordings from our 2014 series,
Ave Maria!

In Reverence:  David Tolk. This gentle instrument piece, performed by pianist Mary Ellen DeWitt and flutist Jana MacKay, opened our concert, as we invited the audience to lay aside the cares of the day, and center themselves for the music.

Requiem: Eliza Gilkyson, arr. Craig Hella Johnson. This heart-wrenching work, written in response to the 2011 tsunami, is both a cry of pain, and a statement of hope. Originally written as a solo by Gilkyson, this was recast as a choral work by the conductor of Austin’s fame ensemble Conspirare.

Ave Maria: Arlen Clarke. Written in 2013, Clarke’s serene and lovely piece is a wonderful example of an Ave Maria setting that is appropriate for worship settings as well as concerts.

Ave Maria a 8: Tomas Luis de Victoria. For double chorus, this is a stunning example of High Renaissance art.

A Hymn to the Virgin: Benjamin Britten. Written when he was only 16 years old, this small masterpiece has become one of Britten’s most beloved compositions. See also our home page for a video link for this track.

Magnificat for Double Chorus: Charles Villiers Stanford. This 12-minute “choral symphony” combines the structure of the great choral works of the Baroque, with the Romantic harmonic idiom of Stanford’s time. A masterpiece!

Ave Maria: Morten Lauridsen. The most famous Ave setting of the 20th century, by the master of “gentle dissonance.” Truly lovely.

O Savior, Blessed Savior: James Biery. Featuring handbells and flute obbligato, this setting of the chant tune Adoro Te Devote is appropriate for both worship and concert.

i thank you God for most this amazing day: Eric Whitacre. Poet e. e. cummings’ appreciation of a perfect day, set in a most amazing style by superstar composer Eric Whitacre.

I walked the boulevard: Eric Whitacre. From The City and the Sea, Whitacre’s latest choral cycle on poetry by e. e. cummings. A tour de force for both chorus and pianist!

the moon is hiding in her hair: Eric Whitacre. The second movement of The City and the Sea, the mystery of the poetry is perfectly matched by Whitacre’s moody setting.

maggie and millie and mollie and mae: Eric Whitacre. Also from The City and the Sea, this whimsical poem describes a day at the beach, with Whitacre’s music setting it perfectly.

little man in a hurry: Eric Whitacre. The finale of The City and the Sea, this playfully scampering piece stretched both singers and accompanist!

A Basque Lullaby: Dan Forrest. Our concert closer, this gentle lullaby sent our audience on their way with a warm glow.