'Having Seen the Moon' with the Brattleboro Concert Choir

Performing two magical compositions by Jenkins and Laurids

BRATTLEBORO — Susan Dedell and the Brattleboro Concert Choir introduce Brattleboro area music lovers to the fascinating world of Karl Jenkins, performing his much-heralded Requiem in two performances at the Latchis Theatre. Traditional western music meets Japanese instruments, and traditional Latin Requiem language is mingled with Japanese haiku, forming a seamless piece that celebrates the vibrancy of life.

Joining the Concert Choir for this performance is celebrated shakuhachi player Elizabeth Brown, who has performed across the United States and throughout Japan. The shakuhachi is the traditional flute of Japan, a long, bamboo instrument that originated in the 6th century, when it was widely used by the Fuke sect of Zen monks in the practice of "blowing meditation."

Also joining the Concert Choir will be soprano Junko Watanabe. Ms. Watanabe is originally from Japan, and became familiar with the Brattleboro area when she was a participant in the Marlboro Music Festival.

Jenkins is known for mixing up different genres of music — area crowds may remember the wonderful performance of his "Adiemus" by the Brattleboro Women's Chorus. He continues in that mode in this piece, as he uses percussion and rhythm to contrast with the more ethereal qualities of the music.

Concluding the program is the Lux Aeterna of Morten Lauridsen. Dedell said, "This incredible composition is considered by many to be the greatest choral accomplishment of the last 100 years. I personally love this work enormously — it is emotionally huge, even though it is not particularly long. From the opening swell of the strings, you know you are in the presence of magic and wonder. Once again, I am fortunate to be working with a wonderful group of instrumentalists, supporting and complementing the incredible sounds of the chorus. Prepare for a love fest!"

Performances are Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $10/students, available from members of the Brattleboro Concert Choir; at the Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way; by calling 802-257-4523; or online at bmcvt.org.


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