The Heart’s Reflection

Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 3:00 pm

If the eyes are the gateway to the soul, music is the gateway to the heart. This concert features passionate, big-hearted music by established masters Giovanni Palestrina, J.S. Bach, and Johannes Brahms, as well as music by some of today’s leading composers, such as Latvian sensation Eriks Esenvalds, and American composers Sean Kirchner and Moses Hogan.

Featured works include the double-choir, a cappella masterpiece, “Stabat Mater,” by Giovanni Palestrina; the soaring, romantic melodies of Johannes Brahms’ “Vier Quartets” op. 64 for piano and choir; and J.S. Bach’s plaintive motet, “Komm Jesu Komm,” which we perform in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Of the newer works, Esenvalds “Only in Sleep and “Long Road” are wonderfully poignant while Los Angeles-based composer Sean Kirchner’s arrangements of Appalachian folk music are artistic, without losing the raw power of the original tunes. Finally, we will close the concert with two works by Moses Hogan, another wonderful American composer whose music and life almost singlehandedly transformed and revived a great American art form, the spiritual.