Jul
17
Wed
Christmas at the Mission – Week 1 @ Carmel Mission Basilica
Jul 17 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Orchestra and Chorale conducted by Andrew Megill

J.S. Bach, The Christmas Oratorio, Part III and VI, BWV 248
Arvo Pärt, Seven Magnificat Antiphons

The Christmas Oratorio’s third and final cantatas comprise the major portion of the annual Carmel Mission Basilica concerts. Interlaced with the two cantatas are Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Seven Magnificat Antiphons, a stunning a capella work with texts that would normally be sung individually as antiphons to the Magnificat at Vespers on the seven evenings preceding Christmas Eve. Pärt’s composition is hauntingly beautiful and is a perfect suited for the Carmel Mission Basilica.

The fifth cantata depicts the journey of the Magi, and was meant for performance on the first Sunday after the  New Year and tells a story about unifying heaven and earth. All the elements of Bach’s great Passions are here, including an tenor evangelist to tell the story, beautiful chorales, and solo arias, all performed by members of the remarkable Festival Chorale.

The final cantata of The Christmas Oratorio was composed for the Feast of the Epiphany, or the final day of the Feast of Christmas. The work is one of joyful optimism, with a brilliant and festive chorus accompanied by an orchestra that continues the vivid and celebratory tone of the first cantata presented on the Sunday afternoon concerts. Trumpets and timpani close the Oratorio in a blaze of glory.

“This concert is the final chapter of the Christmas Oratorio journey, coupled with a set of beautiful a cappella works by Arvo Pärt, the great Estonian ‘spiritual minimalist.’ His Seven Magnificat Antiphons, sprinkled throughout the program, are meditative, trance-like, and transcendent,” said associate conductor Andrew Megill.

Andrew Megill is the artistic director of Fuma Sacra and serves as chorusmaster for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He is also music director of Masterwork Chorus and professor and director of choral activities at the University of Illinois. He is in his 12th season as associate conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival and director of the chorale and chorus.

Jul
24
Wed
Christmas at the Mission – Week 2 @ Carmel Mission Basilica
Jul 24 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Orchestra and Chorale conducted by Andrew Megill

J.S. Bach, The Christmas Oratorio, Part III and VI, BWV 248
Arvo Pärt, Seven Magnificat Antiphons

The Christmas Oratorio’s third and final cantatas comprise the major portion of the annual Carmel Mission Basilica concerts. Interlaced with the two cantatas are Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Seven Magnificat Antiphons, a stunning a capella work with texts that would normally be sung individually as antiphons to the Magnificat at Vespers on the seven evenings preceding Christmas Eve. Pärt’s composition is hauntingly beautiful and is a perfect suited for the Carmel Mission Basilica.

The fifth cantata depicts the journey of the Magi, and was meant for performance on the first Sunday after the  New Year and tells a story about unifying heaven and earth. All the elements of Bach’s great Passions are here, including an tenor evangelist to tell the story, beautiful chorales, and solo arias, all performed by members of the remarkable Festival Chorale.

The final cantata of The Christmas Oratorio was composed for the Feast of the Epiphany, or the final day of the Feast of Christmas. The work is one of joyful optimism, with a brilliant and festive chorus accompanied by an orchestra that continues the vivid and celebratory tone of the first cantata presented on the Sunday afternoon concerts. Trumpets and timpani close the Oratorio in a blaze of glory.

“This concert is the final chapter of the Christmas Oratorio journey, coupled with a set of beautiful a cappella works by Arvo Pärt, the great Estonian ‘spiritual minimalist.’ His Seven Magnificat Antiphons, sprinkled throughout the program, are meditative, trance-like, and transcendent,” said associate conductor Andrew Megill.

Andrew Megill is the artistic director of Fuma Sacra and serves as chorusmaster for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He is also music director of Masterwork Chorus and professor and director of choral activities at the University of Illinois. He is in his 12th season as associate conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival and director of the chorale and chorus.

Jul
25
Thu
Signs and Seasons @ Sunset Center Theater
Jul 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The magnificent Carmel Bach Festival Chorale takes the Sunset Center stage for an evening of music inspired by the seasons.

“The program is related to Saturday night’s Creation concert,” said associate conductor Andrew Megill. “The music is about the creation story in Genesis, especially the markers of time (sun, moon, and stars, and the seasons of the year). It is a varied program from Medieval secular song (as an audience sing-along!) to Brahms to an avant-garde piece about the sun, with Copland’s choral masterpiece (“In the beginning”) as a centerpiece.”

Mezzo-soprano soloist Meg Bragle joins the Chorale for the Copland. The Chorale is considered one of the finest professional chorales in the nation — come hear why!

 

  • Richard Rodney Bennett, The seasons of his mercies from “Sermons and Devotions”
  • Aaron Copland, In the Beginning (featuring Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano)

Sun, moon, and stars

  • Samuel Barber, Sure, on this shining night
  • Benjamin Britten, The evening primrose
  • Johannes Brahms, O schoene Nacht
  • R Murray Schafer, Sun
  • Gyorgy Ligeti, Esjakka and Reggel

Spring

  • Thomas Morley, April is in my mistress’ face
  • Claudio Monteverdi, Io mi son giovinetta
  • George Gershwin, Sing of Spring

Summer

  • Frederick Delius, To be sung of a summer night on the water I
  • Anonymous, Sumer is i-cumen in sing-along
  • Benjamin Britten, The succession of the four sweet months from Five Flower Songs

 Autumn

  • Johannes Brahms, Spaetherbst
  • Jeremiah Ingalls, Harvest Hymn
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams, Linden Lea
  • Veljo Tormis, Heather from Autumn Landscapes

 Winter

  • Orlande de Lassus, La nuict froide et sombre
  • Morten Lauridsen, How hard the year dies from Mid-winter Songs
  • Claude Debussy, Yver, vous n’estes qu’un villain
  • Joni Mitchell, River

A New Creation

  • arr. Shawn Kirchner, Unclouded Day
  • Edgar Leslie Bainton, And I saw a new heaven
  • Shawn Kirchner, I’ll be on my way