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Brattleboro Concert Choir – The Fall and The Rise: Songs of Redemption
January 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 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.