An Early Christmas Celebration

Greenville Chorale

Greenville Symphony Orchestra

Rushingbrook Children’s Choir

Saturday, November 2, 2024 – 8:00 PM
Peace Center Concert Hall | Greenville
Adult: $50    Student: $25

HODIE by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams tells the Christmas story with enlightening poetry interspersed throughout. Brahms’ beautiful “Nänie” (Song of Lamentation) sets a poem by Friedrich von Shiller lamenting “even the beautiful must die,” but affirming the result of a life well-lived that the “beauty” of the departed will live on. J.S.Bach ended his ultimate masterwork, MASS IN B-MINOR, with a profound setting of “Dona nobis pacem” (Give us peace). In our world today, this affirming prayer is needed more than ever. Closing the program is “St.Patrick’s Hymn,” a work commissioned by the Chorale from composer Dan Forrest. The text is both a prayer and an affirmation that God will “pilot us” through difficult times; He will give us wisdom and protect and direct us and “always be ours this day and forevermore.”

 


 

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