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Brattleboro Concert Choir – The Fall and The Rise: Songs of Redemption

January 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

With this program, the Brattleboro Concert Choir explores a redemption story in two parts: Adam’s Lament by Arvo Pärt is “The Fall,” and Dreamweaver by Ola Gjeilo is “The Rise.”

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt 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. Pärt’s piece is filled with chant-like passages, cries of anger, pleas for mercy, and ethereal strings. Pärt wrote that in this piece, Adam represents “humankind in its entirety and each individual person alike, irrespective of time, epochs, social strata and confession.”

From that “Fall,” we proceed to a “Rise” from the afterlife! Contemporary Norwegian composer Ola 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 thirteen 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.


January 19
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Latchis Theater
Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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BMC Bravo SocietyThe Brattleboro Music Center relies on volunteers in the community who give generously of their time. We are pleased to honor the following for their help in recent months:
Becky Andrews, Jay Bailey, Tanya Balsley, Karen Becker, Nancy Bell, Mara Berkley, Lisa Bloch, Crager Boardman, Bob Bonneau, Michael Boylen, Jonas Breen, Laura Bryant-Williams, Deb Bunker, Tim Callahan, Rachel Clemente, Lisa Cox, Walter Cramer, Robin Davis, Corey DiMario, Sandra Feusi, Judy Fink, Elizabeth Fisher, Robin Flatley, Donna Francis, Rob Freeberg, Virginia Goodman, Lerna Gottesman, Bill Gottesman, Gary Graff, Lisa Harris, Freddie Hart, Jennelle Harvey, Shelli Harvey, Cal Heile, Lynn Herzog, Jenny Holan, Kate John, Steven John, Jim Johnson, Alyssa Kerr, Bruce Landenberger, Latchis Theatre, Dot MacDonald, Joe Madison, Sheila Magnuson, Raquel Moreno, Jill Newton, Kristin Outwater, Ellen Peters, Deb Pierotti, Jon Potter, Sabine Rhyne, Antje Ruppert, Alison Schantz, Sarah May Schultz, Ray Sebold, Liz Simmons, Dalit Sivan, Paul Eric Smith, Alan Stockwell, Travis Stout, Maggie Sullivan, Melissa Trainor, Leslie Turpin, Daniel Valerio, Betsy Williams, Pete Wilson, Amanda Witman, Ellery Witman, Avery Witman, David Woodberry, and Yellow Barn


The Brattleboro Music Center

72 Blanche Moyse Way
Brattleboro, VT  05301

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