08 Jun 2012
619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, New York, NY
Saint Peter's Church in NYC
SONOS Chamber Orchestra
Erik Ochsner, conductor
In keeping with SONOS Chamber Orchestra’s mission of performing new and not often performed works, we will perform the United States premiere of Swedish composer Fredrik Sixten’s (b. 1962) Requiem for soprano and baritone soloists, one SATB mixed chorus and chamber orchestra. Also on the program will be the seldom heard baroque requiem "Dies irae" by Johann Sebastian Bach’s son, Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782), scored for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass soloists, 2 SATB choruses and chamber orchestra. (This will be the NY premiere of the piece, and only the second time the piece has been performed in the US, the last time being 1983!)
The program will also feature two smaller works of the underperformed Icelandic composer Jón Leifs (1899-1968): the Elegy for string orchestra and the Requiem for unaccompanied chorus. The encore will be Patrick Cassidy’s Vide Cor Meum featured in the films Hannibal and Kingdom of Heaven.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SONOS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PRESENTS
MUSIC OF MOURNING AND CONSOLATION
Four Requiems: Music of Jón Leifs, Johann Christian Bach and Fredrik Sixten
Featuring U.S. Premiere of Fredrik Sixten’s Requiem
(With the Composer in Attendance)
New York Premiere of Johann Christian Bach’s Dies Irae
SONOS Chamber Orchestra
Friday June 8, 2012: Saint Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Ave @ 54th Street), 8pm.
Ticket prices: $30/$20 Students and seniors.
Tickets available only at the door.
Jón Leifs (1899-1968) Elegy for string orchestra
Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782) Dies Irae for soprano, alto, tenor, bass, double mixed choir and chamber orchestra (New York premiere)
Jón Leifs (1899-1968) Requiem for acapella choir
Fredrik Sixten (b. 1962) Requiem for soprano, bass, mixed choir and chamber orchestra (U.S. premiere)
Patrick Cassidy (b. 1956) Vide Cor Meum
Erik E. Ochsner, music director
REBEL Baroque Ensemble
Christina Arethas, soprano
Teresa Buchholz, mezzo-soprano
Dann Coakwell, tenor
Eric Jordan, bass
SONOS Chamber Orchestra Choir
In keeping with SONOS Chamber Orchestra’s mission of performing new and not often performed works, our annual large chamber orchestra concert will feature the United States premiere of Swedish composer Fredrik Sixten’s (b. 1962) Requiem for soprano and baritone soloists, one SATB mixed chorus and chamber orchestra. Sixten will be in attendance
at this performance.
Also on the program will be the seldom-heard baroque requiem Dies Irae by Johann Sebastian Bach’s son, Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782). The program will also feature two smaller works of the underperformed Icelandic composer Jón Leifs (1899-1968): the Elegy for string orchestra and the Requiem for unaccompanied chorus. The encore will be Patrick Cassidy’s Vide Cor Meum featured in the films Hannibal and Kingdom of Heaven.
Conductor Erik E. Ochsner currently serves as Music Director and founder of SONOS Chamber Orchestra. He has traveled on tour with the live-to-projection productions of the Lord of the Rings: Live to Projection trilogy, including recent performances with the orchestras of St. Louis, Tampere (Finland) and Kaohsiung (Taiwan). He made his debut with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with live-to-projection performances of Pirates
of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Future 2013 engagements include Adelaide, Athens, Berlin, Indianapolis, Melbourne, Milwaukee, Nurnberg, Ottawa, Stuttgart,
Sydney, Taipei and Toronto. Erik served as rehearsal conductor for composer Tan Dun for worldwide productions and workshops.
The REBEL Baroque Ensemble will coach and also perform the J.C. Bach Dies Irae with SONOS. This will aim to bring an "informed performance practice techniques” to this
Composer Fredrik Sixten is a Swedish composer, cathedral organist and conductor. This 2007 Requiem will be performed with both English and Latin text. It was written the death of a close friend.
Now in its 11th season, the Washington Heights-based SONOS Chamber Orchestra is a flexible and versatile group of artists devoted to the performance of traditional and innovative forms of classical music in the New York City area. In a city that is internationally recognized for its active arts scene, SONOS is committed to the performance of under-appreciated works as well as standard works of the classical repertoire. For complete repertoire and concert performances, visit www.sonoschamberorch.org.
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