Music of Benjamin Britten will be featured at the next Organ at Davidson concert in a program entitled “To Thee All Angels Cry Aloud.” The concert will be held Feb. 10 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 North Main St., Davidson.
The Choral Arts Society of Davidson, under the direction of Dr. Chris Gilliam, will sing “Festival Te Deum,” “Rejoice in the Lamb” and “Jubilate Deo.” Jane D. Cain, director of music at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, will be the organ accompanist.
The second portion of the concert will feature solo organ music by Vierne, Messiaen and Franck, performed by Tom Robak, artist associate at Davidson College, where he serves as the choral, vocal and instrumental accompanist for Davidson’s music department.
The choral selections offer an unusual opportunity to experience the variety of Brittan’s music. Britten continues the line of the great English choral tradition exemplified by Purcell and Handel, and had an immense influence on 20th century music.
“Rejoice in the Lamb” is a setting of a poem by Christopher Smart, in which all manner of creatures praise God in their own way, from flowers to cats and mice to letters of the alphabet. “Festival Te Deum” begins with the traditional liturgical text in a chant style, later giving way to exuberant declamation.
The Choral Arts Society of Davidson is a community-based ensemble of 80-100 singers and is a part of the music department of Davidson College. The society performs four concerts per year, including the Holiday Gala and major works with orchestra. Dr. Gilliam is a successful college and university educator and conductor as well as a sought-after solo and ensemble singer.
Polish-American artist Tomasz Robak is a concert pianist, chamber musician, organist and educator.Organ at Davidson concerts are free with donations gratefully received to continue the series.