FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2011
THE SALT LAKE CHORAL ARTISTS OPEN THE CHRISTMAS SEASON WITH A “CANTICLES AND CAROLS: MUSIC OF THE ANGELS” FEATURING JOHN RUTTER’S MAGNIFICAT, AND TRADITIONAL CAROLS SUNG BY 200 VOICES AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
There will be two performances; with guest soloist Carol Ann Allred, SLCA Chamber Choir, Young Choral Artists, and the SLCA Women’s Choir.
SALT LAKE CITY – Ring in the holiday season with the Salt Lake Choral Artists, as they present John Rutter’s Magnificat, as well as captivating new carols and arrangements by rising composer Dan Forrest. Conducted by Dr. Brady Allred, this jubilant celebration will begin with a traditional “Festival of Lessons and Carols” illustrating the Christmas story. This concert will be held at Libby Gardner Concert Hall at the University of Utah, Saturday, December 3, 2011 with a matinee at 2:00pm, and an evening performance at 7:30pm.
Rutter's Magnificat (My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord) is often considered one of his most noteworthy contributions to choral literature, and was originally inspired by another great masterpiece of the same name by Johann Sebastian Bach. The two works are very different in style but share similarities in structure. Rutter wanted his work to reflect the spirit and exuberance of the many festivals held throughout Spain, Mexico, and Puerto Rico where the feast days of the Virgin Mary are joyous celebrations filled with dancing, singing and processions. This outstanding composer's unique combination of memorable melodies, sonorous harmonies, energetic, syncopated rhythms, and brilliant fanfares are evident throughout this wondrous and uplifting work. The Magnificat will be performed with soprano soloist, Carol Ann Allred, and chamber orchestra.
The concert will highlight several pieces from Never a Brighter Star, the Salt Lake Vocal Artists newly released CD of Christmas carols by Dan Forrest. Recorded this past summer, and accompanied by the composer himself, these enthralling and delightful songs are destined to become family favorites. The original melodies and arrangements of classic carols are lush, authentic, and full of the spirit of the season. Forrest was highly complementary when speaking of the summer collaboration: "Recording with SLVA was a wonderful experience--one of the best days of music-making I've ever enjoyed. And the final product is the kind of recording most composers only ever dream of having, of their work." Never a Brighter Star is available on the website, www.saltlakechoralartists.org, at Ken Sanders Rare Books, or from any SLCA choir member, and will also be available for purchase at each performance.
At 33, Dan Forrest is a rising star in the composition world. His works have won numerous contests and awards, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award, the ACDA Raymond Brock Competition. The Salt Lake Choral Artists are honored to have recorded with him and to present his work in concert.
Tickets for all performances are - $20/General Admission, $8/Student (Group Rates are available). Tickets can be purchased by calling 801-232-7521; in person at Libby Gardner Hall one hour prior to show-time; from any SLCA choir member; or by visiting the website at www.saltlakechoralartists.org.
John Rutter Magnificat
Angelus ad virginem
Dan Forrest He is Born!
Never a Brighter Star
Good Christian Men, Rejoice!
The First Noel
There is Faint Music
A Cradle Carol
Carol of Joy
arr Jane Fjeldsted Soft, Soft
Additional Holiday Performances
Sat, Dec 10, 5:00 pm – Young Choral Artists - holiday performance, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Salt Lake City
Sun, Dec 11, 8:30 pm – SLCA Chamber Choir - holiday performance, Temple Square, Assembly Hall, Salt Lake City
Sun, Dec 18, 7:00 pm & 8:30 pm – SLCA Women’s Choir - holiday performance Temple Square, North Visitors Center & Assembly Hall, Salt Lake City
Additional Salt Lake Vocal Artists Performances
Fri, Dec 30, 7:00 pm – “Winter Wonderland Concert” First Night Celebration, Assembly Hall, Temple Square