Brattleboro Concert Choir explores 'Songs of Redemption'

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The Brattleboro Concert Choir opens the New Year with two concerts exploring "The Fall and The Rise: Songs of Redemption," at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, and 3 .m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro.

The choir will present a redemption story in two parts: "Adam's Lament" by Arvo Part, and "Dreamweaver" by Ola Gjeilo.

Part, an Estonian composer, composed "Adam's Lament" in 2009. The piece is a setting of a haunting Church Slavonic text by Russian Eastern Orthodox monk Saint Silouan. It is a stark exploration of the biblical Adam's grief and pain at being cast out of Eden, and then seeing his son, Abel, murdered by his other son, Cain. P rt's piece is filled with chant-like passages, cries of anger, pleas for mercy, and ethereal strings. Part wrote that in this piece, Adam represents "humankind in its entirety and each individual person alike, irrespective of time, epochs, social strata and confession."

Gjeilo's 2017 piece "Dreamweaver" is an English retelling of a medieval Norwegian epic poem. It is the story of a man who sleeps for 13 days, wakes up, and immediately rides to his church to recount to the congregation a dream about his heroic quest through the afterlife, from which he has emerged triumphant. Gjeilo's setting is deeply influenced by film music, and is full of grand, sweeping, inspiring moments.

The BMC's oldest performing ensemble, Brattleboro Concert Choir, led by music director Jonathan Harvey, performs an exciting and challenging repertoire, ranging from classic choral masterpieces to rarely heard and newly commissioned works.

Tickets are $18 general admission in advance or $20 at the door. Youth admission is $10, with children under 13 admitted free. For tickets or more information, call the BMC at 802-257-4523 or visit bmcvt.org.

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