487 Hudson Street
(Between Christopher and Grove streets)
New York, NY 10014
Subway: 1 to Christopher Street
Ecstatic: An Evening of New Choral Music by the C4 Ensemble
Sat, Nov 19, 2011, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$15 suggested admission. Purchase tickets at the door or in advance at http://www.c4ensemble.org.
To sing the ecstatic often means to sing the words of the medieval mystics. Modern composers Aaron J. Kernis and Frank Ferko give us their settings of Mechthild de Magdeburg (Ecstatic Meditations) and Hildegard von Bingen (the Hildegard Motets), works that combine old words with swirls of crystalline beauty that sound as fresh as tomorrow. C4 makes these works the foundations of its current program, Ecstatic. To these they add Tarik O’Regan’s O vera digna hostia and John Harbison’s O Magnum Mysterium, both works set to texts in the Christian canon.
Ecstasy also happens outside the walls of the Church. Michael Dellaira sets John Dos Passos’ text about the Wright Brothers’ first flight in The Campers at Kitty Hawk. And three of C4’s own members evoke secular ecstasies in their music: Jonathan David’s classic Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal brings a night of meteors and love to life; Robinson McClellan wraps ecstasy into The Woman Turns Herself into a Fish; and Hayes Biggs dedicates the world premiere of The Caged Skylark to both C4 and the great American choral master Gregg Smith.