"Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions to all musicians: appear and inspire!"
- W.H. Auden, Hymn to St. Cecilia (a birthday gift to Benjamin Britten)
James Richard Frieman conducts Appear and Inspire:
A Britten 100th Birthday Celebration!
The New Millennium Chamber Orchestra joins with Peninsula Cantare in celebrating the 100th birthday of Sir Benjamin Britten on St. Cecilia's Day, Nov. 22!
Friday, November 22, 20137:30 PM
Trinity Presbyterian Church, San Carlos
1106 Alameda de las Pulgas (at Brittan Avenue)
Now in its 43d season, Peninsula Cantare joins with NMCO, the Peninsula's newest orchestra, to present a birthday tribute to one of the 20th century's greatest composers, Sir Benjamin Britten. His birthday happily coincides with the name-day of the patron saint of music, St. Cecilia.
To honor this brilliant composer, we present a sparkling program of choral and orchestral music sure to delight and inspire the listener!
Our program features:
Britten's glowing a cappella setting of W.H. Auden's poem "Hymn to St. Cecilia", written as a birthday present to the composer by his friend and mentor
The electrifying Festival Te Deum of Britten, for organ, chorus and solo soprano
Henry Purcell's "Hail, Bright Cecilia!" - the final grand chorus from the Ode on St. Cecilia's Day - and the famous Rondeaufrom "Abdelazer" that Britten used as the theme to his "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra"
Music from George Bizet's haunting "L'Arlesienne"
Suite No. 1
Courage, a new fanfare for orchestra by California composer Adrienne Albert
Rossini's rollicking overture to the opera "La Cenerentola" ("Cinderella")
Mozart's exquisite early settings of two Latin texts, Dixit Dominus and Sancta Maria Mater Dei for chorus and orchestra
You won't want to miss this unique performance. Come celebrate Britten and his influences, and honor the patron saint of Music on her special day!
Suggested donation $15 at the door. Students free with ID.
James Richard Frieman and Dagmar Dolatschko, founders
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James Richard Frieman conducts The New Millennium Chamber Orchestra
and Peninsula Cantare
in a special Holiday Concert
In Terra Pax:
A Celebration of the Season!
featuring William O'Neill, bass-baritone
Friday, December 13th at 7:30 PM St. Peter's Episcopal Church
178 Clinton Street (at Brewster, just west of El Camino)
Redwood City, California 94062
The voices of Peninsula Cantare and the instrumentalists of New Millennium Chamber Orchestra are joined by bass-baritone William O'Neill for a glorious evening of classical music to ring in the
Ralph Vaughan Williams' beloved Fantasia on Christmas Carols for baritone, chorus and orchestra
The festive sounds of Bizet's "L'Arlesienne" orchestral Suite!
In Terra Pax: A Christmas scene for baritone, soprano, chorus, strings and harp by British composer Gerald Finzi!
Bach's joyous opening chorus from Part IV of the Christmas Oratorio, with horns, oboes and strings!
The Renaissance sounds of Courtly Dances from Britten's "Gloriana", an opera about Elizabeth I!
Suggested donation $15 at the door. Students free with ID. NMCO is a non-profit organization. 501(c)(3) pending. www.nmchamberorchestra.org
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ABOUT THE NEW MILLENNIUM CHAMBER ORCHESTRA:
The core of the Chamber Orchestra comprises about 30 string, woodwind, and brass players with additional musicians added for expanded works.