The 90-voice Oregon Repertory Singers, fresh from heralded performances of Beethoven’s masterful Missa Solemnis, turns now to music steeped in year-end holiday traditions and spirit.
The varied program ranges broadly from the Renaissance period to a piece freshly composed by Portland singer-songwriter Naomi LaViolette. Highlights include Francis Poulenc’s luscious Quatre Motets pour le Temps de Noël (four motets for Christmas time), one of the great Christmas cycles of the 20th century, and Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque (light and gold), one of the great Christmas pieces of the 21st.
Singers will reprise Stars by Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds, for choir and tuned wine glasses; Star of Wonder by Terre Roche of The Roches, LaViolette’s Noël (paired with her just-completed Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence); and the audience favorite Ave Maria by Franz Biebl.
Filling out the program, familiar tunes will alternate with stunning but less well known pieces like Healy Willan’s Hodie, Christus natus est, along with a bit of music humor in Christmas Goes Classical, arranged by David Maddux.
Oregon Repertory Singers present Glory of Christmas 2014:
Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 4:00pm
Friday, December 12, 2014 at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 4:00pm
First United Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson, Portland OR 97201