Top#1 Music. Cantata Singers, Boston Leading Choral Group, at St Paul Church in Cambridge. On January 31, 2015 at 8pm.
WHAT: Cantata Singers’ 51st season continues with two performances of Rachmaninoff’s profoundly beautiful All-Night Vigil on the occasion of the work’s 100th Anniversary.
WHO: Cantata Singers, one of Boston’s leading choral-orchestral performing arts organizations.
WHEN and WHERE: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 8pm in St. Paul Church in Cambridge. Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 8pm in Houghton Chapel at Wellesley College, in collaboration with the Concert Series at Wellesley College.
Pre-concert talks at 7:00pm with Anna Winestein, Executive Director of the Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership. Post-concert receptions free to all ticketholders.
Cantata Singers’ 51st season continues with two performances of Rachmaninoff’s profoundly beautiful All-Night Vigil on the occasion of the work’s 100th Anniversary. The performances will be held Saturday, January 24th at 8:00pm at St. Paul Church in Cambridge and Saturday, January 31st at Houghton Chapel at Wellesley College. The latter performance will be a collaboration with the Concert Series at Wellesley College. Performing this a cappella masterpiece in the original Church Slavonic, this will be the ensemble’s first presentation of the All-Night Vigil.
Rachmaninoff composed the All-Night Vigil 100 years ago—in the midst of World War I during two short weeks in January of 1915. Although the Vigil was popular in Russia after its premiere, the piece’s performance history in Rachmaninoff’s native country was short-lived. In 1917, the rise of the Soviet Union led to the condemnation of religious music. For years, the All-Night Vigil remained little known and infrequently performed, a situation that changed only with the collapse of Communism in Russia in 1991. The music is lush, poignant, and ethereal, perhaps the reason why the All-Night Vigil is today considered one of Rachmaninoff’s masterpieces, beloved around the world.
ABOUT CANTATA SINGERS:
A singular desire to bring to Boston’s listeners music that isn’t being heard anywhere else has inspired Cantata Singers’ programming for 51 years. J.S. Bach’s music, from the cantatas to the B-minor Mass to the Passions, remains an essential part of Cantata Singers’ repertoire. However, the ensemble’s repertoire has expanded to include music from the 17th century to today. Cantata Singers has commissioned 14 works for choir and orchestra—including one that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music—and has presented more than fifty Boston premieres of music both old and new.
Cantata Singers has always focused on the music—be it by Bach, Verdi, Harbison, or Pärt—and its audiences do, too. Our audiences return year after year to hear fresh visions of iconic music, or an intriguing unfamiliar work that is—in fact—quite approachable. Each Cantata Singers concert is often surprising, sometimes challenging, always beautiful, and ultimately inspiring.