Mass for the Endangered

CRAIG HELLA JOHNSON conductor

Program:
SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER: Mass for the Endangered

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What does it mean to be stewards of the earth? Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass weaves together text from the traditional Latin and original text by Nathaniel Bellows to create a call to action and urgency in the ways we relate to the natural world. By revealing the miracles of life around us, the Mass shows the great responsibility we have to care for a planet that we are all meant to share.

“Snider’s lucid score [for ‘Mass for the Endangered’] is at once powerful and delicate…[with] striking harmonies, imaginative use of texture [and] counterpoint that is as intricate and exquisite as a spider’s web. This a luminous and arresting disc that conveys its urgent ecological message with power and beauty.”—BBC Music Magazine

“Arresting…[Mass for the Endangered] shines with multi-layered singing of uncommon beauty…Snider asserts her own musical personality as a composer who knows instinctively how to write for the human voice…Through her smart and resplendent exploration of age-old musical formulas, Snider’s eco-inspired Mass for the Endangered is a blast from the past that resonates profoundly in the present.”—NPR All Things Considered

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Mass for the Endangered

CRAIG HELLA JOHNSON conductor

Program:
SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER: Mass for the Endangered

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What does it mean to be stewards of the earth? Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass weaves together text from the traditional Latin and original text by Nathaniel Bellows to create a call to action and urgency in the ways we relate to the natural world. By revealing the miracles of life around us, the Mass shows the great responsibility we have to care for a planet that we are all meant to share.

“Snider’s lucid score [for ‘Mass for the Endangered’] is at once powerful and delicate…[with] striking harmonies, imaginative use of texture [and] counterpoint that is as intricate and exquisite as a spider’s web. This a luminous and arresting disc that conveys its urgent ecological message with power and beauty.”—BBC Music Magazine

“Arresting…[Mass for the Endangered] shines with multi-layered singing of uncommon beauty…Snider asserts her own musical personality as a composer who knows instinctively how to write for the human voice…Through her smart and resplendent exploration of age-old musical formulas, Snider’s eco-inspired Mass for the Endangered is a blast from the past that resonates profoundly in the present.”—NPR All Things Considered

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The Song Among Us

CRAIG HELLA JOHNSON conductor

Program:
ROBERT LOWRY: How Can I Keep from Singing?
HEINRICH SCHÜTZ: Selig sind die Toten
HEINRICH SCHÜTZ: Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt (Psalm 100)
CRAIG HELLA JOHNSON: Song from the Road
JOHN CLEMENTS: Flower of Beauty
ALYSIA LEE: Say Her Name
CAROLINE SHAW: And the Swallow
SHAWN KIRCHNER: Sweet Rivers
MOIRA SMILEY: The Song Among Us [World Premiere & VAE Commission]

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“I hear the real, though far-off hymn,” goes a line from Robert Lowry’s “How Can I Keep from Singing?” Start the New Year by hearing something real, in an intimate setting with Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble. These are songs about what matters most, and matters to us all — truth, love, justice, purpose, peace — featuring settings of texts that still resonate today.

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The Song Among Us

CRAIG HELLA JOHNSON conductor

Program:
ROBERT LOWRY: How Can I Keep from Singing?
HEINRICH SCHÜTZ: Selig sind die Toten
HEINRICH SCHÜTZ: Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt (Psalm 100)
CRAIG HELLA JOHNSON: Song from the Road
JOHN CLEMENTS: Flower of Beauty
ALYSIA LEE: Say Her Name
CAROLINE SHAW: And the Swallow
SHAWN KIRCHNER: Sweet Rivers
MOIRA SMILEY: The Song Among Us [World Premiere & VAE Commission]

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“I hear the real, though far-off hymn,” goes a line from Robert Lowry’s “How Can I Keep from Singing?” Start the New Year by hearing something real, in an intimate setting with Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble. These are songs about what matters most, and matters to us all — truth, love, justice, purpose, peace — featuring settings of texts that still resonate today.

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Sacred Heart

CANCELLATION NOTICE:

In accordance with Governor DeWine’s orders prohibiting large gatherings to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all VAE concerts and events are canceled through at least April 5.

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CRAIG HELLA JOHNSON conductor

Program:
J.S. BACH Cantata No. 4 Christ lag in Todesbanden
OLA GJEILO Sacred Heart
ERIKS EŠENVALDS Salutation
MICHAEL IPPOLITO World Premiere Commission
CAROLINE SHAW To the Hands

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The Arc in the Sky

CRAIG HELLA JOHNSON conductor

Program:
KILE SMITH: The Arc in the Sky

Poetry beyond the horizon—Kile Smith, composer of the VAE’s stunning Canticle, returns with a relevatory masterpiece The Arc in the Sky, inspired by words of Robert Lax, gets its Cincinnati premiere by Craig Hella Johnson and the VAE. Lax, a close friend of Trappist monk Thomas Merton, was named “one of the great original voices of our times” by American icon Jack Kerouac. That voice rises and converges on meaning and emotion in Smith’s powerful new work.

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A VAE Christmas: The Gift of Song

STEPHANIE NASH conductor

Music makes the season bright! Join the VAE and conductor Stephanie Nash for inspiring sounds in the spirit of the season— from favorite classics as evergreen as trees wrapped in lights and topped with stars, to new-found favorites wrapped in bows. Gather the family and give the warmth of the season a voice.

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A VAE Christmas: The Gift of Song

STEPHANIE NASH conductor

Music makes the season bright! Join the VAE and conductor Stephanie Nash for inspiring sounds in the spirit of the season— from favorite classics as evergreen as trees wrapped in lights and topped with stars, to new-found favorites wrapped in bows. Gather the family and give the warmth of the season a voice.

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CCO and VAE: Vivaldi and Fauré

CINCINNATI CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
ECKART PREU conductor

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
arr. by Hans-Peter Preu
VIVALDI: Gloria
FAURÉ: Requiem

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and VAE join forces in the splendor of Christ Church Cathedral. A soaring new arrangement of Vaughan Williams’ popular Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis featuring soprano saxophone introduces foundations of the choral repertoire; Vivaldi’s Gloria, with its irresistible engine of joy, and Fauré’s darkly shimmering Requiem—music made for the color and light of stained glass spaces.

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