After a difficult winter, Ars Nova Singers welcomes the fragile spring with a program that honors the uncertainty of our shared experiences and the trust we place in one another. We open with sinuous works by Indian-American composer Reena Esmail, riffing on the seemingly unordered yet hauntingly beautiful sounds of traditional Hindustani raga. Raga (or raag), melodic frameworks in traditional Indian classical music which offer endless improvisation, rely on trust—between musician, listener, and space. They are a framework, not a mandate, much like the quivering faith of Gabriel Fauré’s beloved Requiem.
The Requiem, Fauré’s sublime and consoling masterpiece, will be presented in John Rutter’s edition of the composer’s original form, with a small chamber orchestra and guest alumni singers.
Featured instrumental soloists are Matthew Dane, viola, and Christina Jennings, flute. Also on the program are Fauré’s Pavane, orchestrated by Thomas Edward Morgan, and Brahms’ Abendständchen from Drei Gesänge, Op. 42.
Friday, April 1, 7:30pm
Central Presbyterian Church
1660 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80203 (Map it)
Saturday, April 2, 7:30pm
First United Methodist Church
1421 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302 (Map it)
Out of an abundance of caution, we continue to ask that you be vaccinated and boosted to attend an Ars Nova performance. Face coverings are at your discretion, though we strongly advise masking while indoors. We appreciate your flexibility.