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Pärt’s Passio: music for a contemplative summer night June 28th

  • May 21, 2015

The story is traditional: the Gospel According to St. John. But the approach is ethereal, profound, and, ultimately, captivating: Passio, music for voices and a string quintet by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The music isn’t the only thing that will create a special atmosphere for this later-evening concert, which starts at 9 pm on Sunday, June 28 and takes place without intermission. Audiences will enter at dusk and leave after night falls, in a way mirroring Jesus’ journey into a dark night of the soul. Among the most revered of contemporary composers, Pärt is known for the mystic, meditative, and near-hypnotic quality...

The Creation marks birth of new orchestra

  • May 20, 2015

It’s not every night when you can experience The Creation. On June 25th, that will be true in more ways than one. Yes, that’s the opening night performance of The Creation, Haydn’s masterful musical merging of The Book of Genesis and Milton’s Paradise Lost, with its colorful depictions of the beginning of life. But it’s also the first-ever performance by our new Berwick Academy orchestra. Performing their very first notes as part of the full-scale forces for The Creation, the 35 top-flight young instrumentalists of the Berwick Academy specialize in historically-informed performance practice. They’ll combine with our traditional orchestra, chorus and University Chamber Choir for...