The 62nd season of the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus will explore and celebrate the intersection of music, movement and time. The opening concert, titled “Tonight I Dance Alone,” will feature two pieces commissioned for the Chamber Chorus. In the first, Australian Clare Maclean completes the early musical drama, “Lamento d'Arianna” by 17th century Italian, Claudio Monteverdi, by contributing a new conclusion to the work.
The second commission is a world premiere composed by Sweden's Mårten Jansson. “Tonight I Dance Alone” tells a poignant story written expressly for the occasion by American poet, Charles Anthony Silvestri. Both artists will travel to St. Louis for the premiere – Jansson from Uppsala, Sweden and Silvestri from Topeka, Kansas.
British music will be well represented, with songs on the theme of dance by Byrd, Stanford, Charles Wood and a more contemporary composer, Michael Tippett. Chorus and audience favorite, Bob Chilcott, contributes his “Dancing In The Streets,” while American Aaron Copland's sprightly “Las Agachadas” promises to invigorate the proceedings. The audience will also hear music from Gershwin, Poulenc and Kodaly.
This will be the Chamber Chorus's first performance at Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown St. Louis. The historic structure offers generous seating and viewing space, as well as a gallery for the post-concert reception. All are welcome to attend.
Join the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus as it proclaims “Tonight I Dance Alone,” Sunday, October 1 at Centenary United Methodist Church. Parking is free. For more information about the concert, and tickets, call 636-458-4343.