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CAMBRIDGE CHORUS SINGS SCHUBERT AND CORIGLIANO
SANDERS THEATER, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
For it’s spring concert, Cambridge Community Chorus presents John Corigliano’s lyrical setting of Dylan Thomas’s poem Fern Hill (1961) and Franz Schubert’s magnificent Mass in E-Flat Major (1828), directed by Jamie Kirsch.
The orchestra includes players from Boston’s critically acclaimed chamber ensemble, “A Far Cry”. Soloists are Deborah Selig, soprano; Katherine Growdon, mezzo-soprano; Matthew Anderson and Michael Pfitzer, tenors; and Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek, bass.
Fern Hill drew the attention of music director Jamie Kirsch as a modern but accessible and pleasing piece that combines “unbeatable poetry” with colorful instrumentation.
Franz Schubert wrote his Mass in E-Flat Major in the last year of his life, at age 31. Composed shortly after the young composer served as torchbearer at Beethoven’s funeral, the Mass is a monumental piece that builds on the legacy of Bach, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, while manifesting the romantic explorations that were tragically cut short by his early death.
Sanders is wheelchair accessible. Free parking available at Broadway Garage (entrance at Felton Street.)