“Made Fragile” welcomes a fragile spring season with consoling music
By Peter Alexander March 29 at 10:20 p.m.
It’s a typical theme: Boulder conductors look to program music that acknowledges the stress and trauma their audiences have been by way of up to now two years.
For Thomas Morgan and the Ars Nova Singers, meaning turning to music that’s extra comfortably acquainted than a lot of the Renaissance and modern music that they often carry out: the light, consoling Requiem by French composer Gabriel Fauré. On the identical program will likely be Fauré’s common Pavane, in a model for orchestra and refrain; Brahms’s choral music “Abendständchen” (Night serenade); and 4 works by Indian/American composer Reena Esmail.
This system, titled “Made Fragile,” will likely be carried out at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Denver (April 1) and Saturday in Boulder (Might 2; particulars beneath).
Featured performers with Ars Nova will likely be flutist Christina Jennings; violist Matt Dane, who will likely be concertmaster of the orchestra and play solo violin within the Requiem; Ars Nova assistant conductor Brian Dukeshier, who will lead the Brahms; and soprano Magdalena Kadula, a senior at Tara Performing Arts Excessive College in Boulder who gained a contest to sing a solo with Ars Nova.
The Fauré Requiem might be probably the most acquainted work Morgan and the Ars Nova Singers have carried out. “We did it in our second season, 1987, and haven’t executed it since,” Morgan says. “It’s exterior the place our normal repertoire is. However one of many issues we realized popping out of the pandemic is that there’s a lot group grief that’s left unprocessed.
“We wished to do one thing that might actually enchantment each to the audiences and to our singers. And Fauré’s actually light that method.”
Ars Nova likes to incorporate instructional actions of their schedule, however in the course of the pandemic they’ve been unable to enter colleges. As an alternative, Morgan determined to achieve out to college students by providing the chance to sing “Pie Jesu,” the soprano solo motion of the Requiem. It’s comparatively quick and never troublesome, which made it excellent for younger singers.
“We had a contest,” Morgan explains. “We despatched it out to public music academics and personal voice academics and provided just a little scholarship (and) we had 13 entrants. It’s only a two-page piece and we had the primary spherical the place the children recorded it on their telephones. We evaluated these 13 entries and chosen 5 to do in-person auditions.
“From that we chosen Magdalena Kadula, who will likely be our soprano. She’s a senior on the Tara Excessive College of the Arts right here in Boulder. It was a great way for us to outreach to younger individuals at a time that’s very difficult.”
The opposite main aspect of this system is a choice of 4 items by Reena Esmail. An Indian-American composer, she has studied at Juilliard and Yale on this nation, and with Hindustani music academics in India. She typically incorporates components of Hindustani music into her compositions, together with Western classical music.
Esmail’s music was added to this system by way of a suggestion by violist Matt Dane. The orchestra for Fauré’s Requiem solely requires violas and cellos, with no violins, so Dane serves as concertmaster. He instructed Esmail’s “When the Violin” for refrain and viola as a very good companion piece to the Requiem.
That led to including one other piece by Esmail for viola and flute, which Dane will play along with his spouse, flutist Christian Jennings from the CU college. That in flip led to including two different items by Esmail, “She Will Rework You” for flute and refrain, and “Tarekita” for a capella refrain, which is able to open the live performance.
Esmail wrote “Tarakita” for a choir of homeless individuals in Los Angeles that she was working with. “It’s taken off within the choral world,” Morgan says. “Various individuals have recorded it. It’s very accessible, form of like Indian scat singing. It’s a brief piece that units the stage properly for the remainder of her music, (which is) infused with who she is as an Indian-American.”
With Jennings included on this system, Morgan then determined so as to add Fauré’s Pavane, which is common in a model for small orchestra and that includes a outstanding flute solo. Initially written for piano, it was tailored by Fauré for orchestra and refrain, together with a textual content that Morgan says “is just not excessive artwork by way of poetry,” about males’s and girls’s romantic helplessness. “The gorgeous melody carries the entire thing,” he says.
Morgan selected the Brahms “Abendständchen” to finish this system, each for its musical qualities and the opening line, “‘Hark the flute laments once more, and the cool springs murmur,” which inserts the event completely. The efficiency is a farewell for Dukeshier, who has been Ars Nova’s assistant conductor for a number of years, and not too long ago accomplished a doctorate on the College of Northern Colorado.
Morgan says that the COVID protocols for the 2 performances are at all times topic to alter. “We’re watching week to week as to how we implement our COVID methods,” he says. “In the meanwhile we’re planning to go along with the singers masks-optional, however we’re additionally watching what’s occurring. It makes for an attention-grabbing time proper now.”
In different phrases, you should definitely verify the Ars Nova Well being and Security web page on the Internet earlier than attending the live performance. Or as Morgan places it, “Because the identify of this system says, the whole lot’s very fragile.”
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Ars Nova Singers, Thomas Morgan, director
With Cristine Jennings, flute, and Matt Dane, viola
Magdalena Kadula, soprano
Brian Dukeshier, asst. conductor
- Reena Esmail: “Tarekita” for refrain
—“When the Violin” for refrain and solo viola
—“She Will Rework You” for refrain and solo flute
—“Nadiya” for flute and viola
- Brahms: “Abendständchen” (Night serenade)
- Gabriel Fauré: Pavane (arr. Thomas Morgan)
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1
Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St., Denver
7:30 pm. Saturday, April 2,
First United Methodist, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder
Additionally accessible by livestream