Choral Music

Vocal Arts Ensemble: "There Will Be Rest"

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( Sun., Jun. 9, 2013 )

Performed by VAE (Rodney Wynkoop, conductor)

Duke University Chapel, 401 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708


Stephen Chatman: Dryad's bells - sung bell sounds by this Canadian composer, written in 1999

Dan Locklair: Bond and Free - world premiere of NC composer Dan Locklair’s 2012 setting of a Robert Frost poem that explores two sides of life: the intellectual and the emotional

James MacMillan: A Child's Prayer - written by Scottish composer James MacMillan to honor the victims of the 1996 killing at the Dunblane Primary School, which took the lives of 16 children and one adult; performed in this concert to honor the victims of the killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December

Steven Sametz: On the death of a friend - 2003 composition, with a text from a sermon prior to 1901 burial of King Edward VII

Francis Poulenc: Vinea mea electa - one of French composer Poulenc’s 4 Lenten motets from 1939; based on Isaiah and Jeremiah texts about a beloved vine that has turned bitter

Herbert Howells: Take him, earth, for cherishing- massive and powerful work written in memory of President John F. Kennedy; performed in this concert to mark the 50th anniversary of his 1963 assassination

Ned Rorem: Lift up your heads- written for Ascension Day in 1963, in memory of composer Francis Poulenc

Dale Warland: There will be rest- a Sara Teasdale poem, in a choral setting with harp and flute, composed for the Dale Warland Singers in 2003

Dan Forrest: Amen- 8-voice final movement from SC composer Dan Forrest’s Words of Paradise, 2007

Ēriks Ešenvalds: Northern Lights- 2012 composition by this Latvian composer; including a Latvian folk song and the words of two Arctic explorers who encountered the wondrous sight of the Northern lights; with tuned water glasses and chimes.

Arvo Pärt: Nunc dimittis - highly expressive 2001 setting by this beloved Estonian minimalist composer; “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace”

Jaako Mäntyjärvi: Psalm 150 in Grandsire Triples - this Finnish composer’s1999 piece that includes sung bell patterns in the specific change-ringing style called Grandsire Triples


General Admission $10; Students w/ID Free.

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Tickets: (919)684-4444; Information: (919)660-3302


  • Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM