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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Crescent Concerts: Two Magnificats Sunday


'Annunciation', by Henry Ossawa Tanner,
first internationally recognized African American artist (1898).


Plainfielders have a unique choral opportunity Sunday afternoon when Crescent Concerts continues its 29th season with two glorious Magnificats, those of J.S. Bach and Alan Hovhaness (see their website here).

The Magnificat, or Song of Mary, is recorded in the Gospel of Luke (1:46-55), and echoes Old Testament themes of Yahweh's intervention in the affairs of humankind.

The text has been enshrined in Christian worship from earliest times and is one of two canticles always included in the Vespers or Evening Prayer liturgies of Roman Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran rites.

Bach's Magnificat, one of only two compositions in Latin by the master (the other being the B-minor Mass), is a large work in twelve sections for soloists and chorus.

Alan Hovhaness, an American composer of Armenian extraction, was born and raised in Massachusetts.

A prolific composer, lifelong pacifist and musical innovator, he developed a technique known as 'spirit murmur' among other innovations.

His Magnificat from 1958 was the culmination of his overtly religious compositions, which dated back to the late 1930s.

The Crescent Choral Society performs these works in the setting of Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, whose acoustics complement large scale works such as these.



Crescent Concerts: Magnificent Magnificats

Sunday | 3 PM

.Tickets: $20/General admission, $15/Seniors, $5/Students
Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
East 7th Street and Watchung Avenue
(Parking in church lot, on the street, or in Swain Galleries lot)


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