On June 1, the worlds and talents of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Paul McCartney will collide as Voices (130-member choral group) performs “Mozart Meets McCartney” at Memorial Hall at UNC at 8 pm. They will perform Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F Major along with McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum. Voices will be joined by a children’s choir and orchestra along with several soloists. Cantari (Voices select ensemble) will also sing a “Tribute To The Beatles” during this performance.
Miss Brevis is a short that was written by Mozart when he was only 18 years old. Four soloists each have lyrical lines that emerge from within the choral piece rather than as separate arias or ensemble movements. The soloist are Jane Thurston, Cathy Burt, Bill Kodros and Eric Dashman.
Ecce Cor Meum (Latin for Behold My Heart) is Paul McCartney’s fourth classical album. It is a work composed in the style of sacred English choral music and includes chorus, orchestra, organ, children’s choir and a soprano soloist. The oratorio was partly inspired by Linda McCartney. It was written shortly after her death. It premiered in the US on November 14, 2006 at a sold-out show in Carnegie Hall. Andrea Edith Moore will be the featured soprano.
“A Tribute to the Beatles” featuring choral settings of the tunes that put the band on the map, will be performed by Cantari during this performance. Many professional choral groups such as Chanticleer, the King’s Singers and the Swingle Singers have recorded entire albums of Beatles arrangements in many musical styles.
On June 9th, Cantari will perform “From The Convent to Abbey Road” at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro at 4pm. This performance will feature pieces from medieval chants by Benedictine Abbess Hildegard von Bingen, to Latin motets, to modern humorous songs, American spirituals and pop songs straight from the English pub scene of the 1960’s including the aforementioned “Tribute to the Beatles”.
Benedictine Abbess Hildegard von Bingen was a writer, composer, philosopher, mystic and visionary. She produced many volumes of theology. “O Successores” will be performed by the Cantari women in procession. “Ave Maris Stella” was written by famous 16th century Spanish composer Tomas Luis de Victoria who is sometimes called the Spanish Palestrina. This motet has seven sections. The odd number sections are performed in plainchant and the even numbered are sung in four-part harmony. Minneapolis composer Carol Barnett arranged the two American spirituals that will be performed. British composer John Tavener has put music to a William Blake poem about a tiger. Canadian composer Stephen Chatman composed a short piece called “Mosquitoes” mimicking the sounds of insects. Eric Whiteacre is a Grammy Award-winning composer and conductor from Nevada. He brings his love of choral music, piano keyboard technique and his wit to the short pieces of “Animal Crackers” based on the poetry of Ogden Nash.