In the final concert of our 43rd season we will perform some of the greatest choral music from American and Spanish composers. Love and Fire will feature works from the Renaissance to the present day, previewing the program ORS takes on tour to Barcelona this July. Highlights from the program include American folksongs and spirituals arranged by Mack Wilberg, Moses Hogan, and Marques Garrett, and The Dark Night of the Soul from modern Spanish composer Carlos Surinach.
Artistic Director Ethan Sperry frequently highlights living and local composers, and in this concert we'll perform Portland native Dr. Morten Lauridsen’s Madrigali: Six ‘Fire Songs’ on Italian Renaissance Poems.
Dr. Lauridsen—one of only two National Medal of Arts recipients from Portland—will help prepare our singers in rehearsals and co-host as a guest speaker at the concert during this visit. In addition to this stunning exploration of the themes of love and fire, we'll share two of his most well-known compositions: O Magnum Mysterium and Sure on This Shining Night.
Love and Fire
Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at 3pm
Sunday April 23rd, 2017 at 3pm
First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson St, Portland
Oregon Repertory Singers couples this concert with a high school choral festival on Friday April 21st, co-sponsored by Portland State University. During the festival, Dr. Lauridsen will lead workshops and rehearsals with Ethan Sperry, offering students from several high schools the unique opportunity to work directly with the internationally acclaimed composer. Following the festival, participating students will be invited to join ORS for Lauridsen’s Sure on This Shining Night in concert at First United Methodist Church.