A Mere Matter of Life and Death

19 May 2018

1317 G Street NW, Washington DC, 20005

Venue:

Church of The Epiphany

Time:

5:00 PM

Presenting Organization/Ensemble:

Thomas Circle Singers

Conductor/Keynote Speaker:

James Kreger

The Thomas Circle Singers is a chamber choral ensemble with a dual mission: to perform diverse choral works for the enjoyment of audiences in the Washington DC area and to raise awareness and funds for organizations that address the pressing needs of the city’s underserved citizens. Since 1976, TCS has filled this unique niche, enriching the quality of life for Washington-area residents by offering superb performances of choral classics and new works by living composers, while contributing to the life of the community by donating concert proceeds to DC-based social service organizations.

The Seven Heavens (James Whitbourne) WASHINGTON, DC PREMIERE Requiem (Rutter)

“Music is the thing known in the present life which most strongly suggests ecstasy and infinity” – Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis

Composed is 2014 and rescored two years later, James Whitbourn’s “The Seven Heavens” is a musical portrait and biography of the Oxford medieval scholar C.S. Lewis, perhaps best known for his Narnia Chronicles. The seven-movement work is based on seven spiritual symbols that become a series of lenses through which we view his life.The 1985 Requiem of fellow Englishman John Rutter is one of the best-loved and most widely performed choral works of the twentieth century. The eclectic texts in Latin and English are meditations on the themes of life and death, inspiration and solace.

The Seven Heavens (James Whitbourne) WASHINGTON, DC PREMIERE Requiem (Rutter)

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