On January 27 and 28, 2018, the VSO will present joint choral and orchestral Tribute Concerts in honor of Robert DeCormier’s 96th birthday. The performances will be at the Flynn in Burlington on the 27th and at Rutland’s Paramount Theater on the 28th. The chorus and orchestra, conducted by VSO Chorus Director Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo, will perform Robert DeCormier’s Legacy and excerpts from Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. VSO Music Director Jaime Laredo will conduct the orchestra in Schubert’s Symphony No. 9.
We would love to have interested singers join us for our first rehearsal, then stay to audition to become a member of the VSO Chorus! Our first rehearsal is scheduled for Saturday, October 21 from 1-4pm at the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester. If transportation to rehearsals is a concern, we have singers from all over the state, so carpooling can be arranged.
Participants may attend the first rehearsal on a walk-in basis, but please notify the Chorus Coordinator, Wendy Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org if planning to audition. All rehearsals, with the exception of the orchestra-chorus combined rehearsal, are on Saturdays from 1-4pm at various locations around the state. We will not rehearse the Saturday following Thanksgiving, nor will we rehearse together during the month of December. Chorus policy allows for no more than two missed rehearsals.
Wendy Grace, Chorus Coordinator
Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus
ABOUT THE CONCERT REPERTOIRE:
Robert composed Legacy in 1981 and dedicated it to his and Louise’s son, Christopher, who died at the age of 23 in 1977. The four poems of the text are autumnal meditations about life and death by Louise’s father, John Dobbs.
Lauridsen’s requiem Lux Aeterna is a perfect companion for Robert’s piece. According to Carol Talbeck “In expressing a human journey to reclaim intimacy with the inner life, Lauridsen seamlessly integrates the musical essence of ancient modes, Renaissance polyphony, Romanticism, and modern dissonance. This timelessness can bring home to the listener the recognition of his or her own mortal journey. Perhaps this embracing effect is a reason that Lux Aeterna is widely known to bring listeners to tears.” Morten Lauridsen was named an “American Choral Master” by the National Endowment for the Arts and is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts “for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide.”