Choirs and Orchestra Finale Concert Featuring 2015 Concerto-Aria Winners

Event Details

Date: May 10, 2015

Times: 3 p.m.

Location: Washington Pavilion

Ticket Info: Tickets range in price from $15-$20 and are free for students K-12 and those with a valid Augie ID.

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The Augustana Performing and Visual Arts will present “Gloria” by Francis Poulenc with the three Augustana Choirs and Orchestra in a finale concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 10, at the Washington Pavilion.

The concert will also feature solos by the four 2015 Concerto-Aria winners.

Tickets range in price from $15-$20 and are free for students K-12 and those with a valid Augie ID. Tickets are available at the Washington Pavilion. All seats are reserved.

The popular “Gloria” is divided into six short movements. After a brief introduction, the chorus enters with a prominent dotted figure to the word “Gloria,” which forms the basis of this movement. The animated second movement, “Laudamus Te,” reveals Poulenc in playful mood, with the chorus for the most part divided into pairs of voices – sopranos and tenors; altos and basses – exchanging a series of short, pithy phrases. In the expressive third section, “Domine Deus,” the soprano soloist is heard for the first time with a typically yearning melody, whilst the chorus is allocated a supporting role. We are then abruptly whisked back to the playground for the brief and chirpy “Domune Fili Unigenite.” The soprano soloist returns for the exquisite “Dominus Deus, Agnus Dei,” with soloist and chorus sometimes combining and sometimes exchanging lyrical phrases. In the sixth movement a short, majestic opening soon gives way to an animated section at the words “Qui sedes ad decteram Patris.” Peace and serenity suffuses the radiant closing pages of the work but, characteristically, Poulenc cannot resist a last, loud interjection at the first “Amen,” where he briefly recalls the dotted “Gloria” figure of the very opening, before calm is restored for the final “Amen.”

Additional selections by Angelus, the Collegiate Chorale and The Augustana Choir will be performed as well.