The principal works for this concert, which falls in between the seasons of fall and winter, are Eleanor Daley's Requiem, a beautiful, unaccompanied setting of traditional Requiem text combined with modern English language poetry; Gerald Finzi's Magnificat, an English language setting of the Canticle of Mary with brilliant organ accompaniment; and Francis Poulenc's Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël. Gustav Holst's combination of several Christmas carols in Christmas Day and Malcolm Williamson's setting of Mary Wilson's Vietnam War era poem, This Christmas Night, serve as a fitting end to our Fall Concert.
This program pairs two lesser-known major works by two well-known composers. Antonín Dvořák's Mass in D major (Op. 86) is an intimate setting of the Mass masterfully written for chorus (with four soloists from the chours) and organ. Morten Lauridsen's Mid-Winter Songs on five poems by Robert Graves will showcase the talents of our accompanist, Matthew Ganong, on piano, alongside the chorus. The wonderful afternoon of music will reach its finale with the poetry of Walt Whitman set to music by Norman Dello Joio in his A Jubilant Song.