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Burlington Choral Society

Burlington Choral Society presents

Burlington Choral Society Sunset, Sunrise

Chilcott: St John Passion; Easter music by Taverner, Mascagni

The Unitarian Church of Montpelier
130 Main St., Montpelier, VT

  • Sunday, April 14, 2019, 4:00 PM

Adults $25
Students $20

This concert will also be presented on Saturday, April 13th at 7:30 PM, at the College Street Congregational Church in Burlington. Click here to purchase tickets for that performance.

Please note this show will be off sale on Saturday, 4/13 at 2:00 PM. Tickets will be available for cash purchase at the door.

Sunset, Sunrise

The Burlington Choral Society presents music for Lent and Easter that moves from tragic to festive. The featured work is English composer Bob Chilcott's new setting of the St. John Passion. It spans an enormous expressive range in telling the story of Christ’s suffering and crucifixion, according to St. John’s gospel. This will be its first Vermont performance.

The chorus plays the crowd with its raucous outbursts in the Passion narrative, but their main role is singing the simple, melodic meditations and lyrical hymns that Chilcott weaves into the story.

The story continues with Renaissance composer John Taverner’s ethereal Dum Transisset Sabbatum, which describes sunrise on the Sunday after the Crucifixion. The concert ends with Pietro Mascagni’s exultant Easter hymn from his opera Cavalleria Rusticana.

Artistic director Richard Riley leads the chorus and guest artists tenor Adam Hall (as John the Evangelist), bass-baritone Matt Sullivan (Jesus), baritone David Neiweem (Pontius Pilate) and soprano Chayah Lichtig. Jenny Bower performs on the organ, with Elizabeth Reid, viola; Perri Morris, cello; Jason Whitcomb and Don Wheater, trumpet; Joy Worland, horn; Lori Salimando-Porter, trombone; and William Keck, tuba.

Riley says, “We’re calling this concert Sunset, Sunrise because we’ll take our audience on a dramatic musical passage from darkness to light.”

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