Eastern Voices

Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 PM
Temple University Performing Arts Center
with Michael Stairs, organ
Paul Rardin, Conductor

Featured works: Zoltán Kodály Missa Brevis; Andrea Clearfield Alleluia; Jennifer Higdon Alleluia

Ticket sales will be available at the door starting at 6pm

Zoltan Kodály’s Missa brevis belongs in the pantheon of great music composed during wartime. Written during the German bombardment of Budapest in 1945, this work by “one of the most outstanding composers of our day” (Béla Bartók) is a hauntingly beautiful plea for peace. Organist Michael Stairs, whom WRTI called “the organists’s organist,” provides the virtuosic accompaniment. The program includes works by other great eastern and northern European composers, including Einojuhani Rautavaraa’s Credo, Imant Raminsh’s Ave Verum corpus, and Erikš Ešenvalds’s O Salutaris Hostia. Additionally, honoring the 27 years of inspired musical leadership of Rardin’s predecessor Alan Harler, the ensemble presents two of four “Alleluias for Alan,” world premiere compositions by prominent Philadelphia composers and Harler’s long-time collaborators Andrea Clearfield and Jennifer Higdon.

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Credo
Ēriks Ešenvalds: O Salutaris Hostia
Imant Raminsh: Ave Verum Corpus
Vytautas Miškinis: Diffusa Est Gratia
Marek Jasiński: Exultate Deo Omnis Terra
Zoltán Kodály: Missa Brevis

Alleluias for Alan, World Premiere:
Andrea Clearfield: Alleluia
Jennifer Higdon: Alleluia

MendelSounds – 6:30 pm

Join artistic director Paul Rardin before each concert for an enlightening discussion about the program, complete with live musical examples sung by members of Mendelssohn Club. MendelSounds helps answer the question “what should I listen for?” by bringing each program’s music to life in engaging and informal fashion. Come early for these twenty minutes of fun!

Temple Performing Arts Center
1837 N. Broad Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122

Situated at the corner of Broad Street and Polett Walk, TPAC is a prominent symbol of Main Campus and easily accessible from all major routes. For more information, click here. http://templeperformingartscenter.org/plan