Choral Arts Philadelphia Spring '21 Concert - Lamentations

March 31, 2021 @ 7:00PM — 8:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)


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Leçons de Tenebre I and III - Francois Couperin (1668 - 1733)
Leslkavaj - Sydney Guillaume (b. 1982)
Deep River - African American Spiritual
Woah Lashona - Bheka Dlamini (b. 1962)

Performed by
Laura Heimes, Clara Rottsolk - Soprano
Heather Miller Lardin - Viola da Gamba

Clara Swartzentruber - Soprano
Eva Kastner-Puschl - Alto
Daniel Taylor, Colin Doyle - Tenor
Jean Bernard Cerin, Cody Müller - Bass

Matthew Glandorf, conductor and continuo

Contrasting two different musical traditions this program is bound together thematically by exploring literature about exile. From the second exile of the Hebrew people in Babylon, the prophet Jeremiah gives us one of the most heart wrenching soliloquies about longing for a return to the city of Jerusalem. The Lamentations of Jeremiah are heard in the Offices of "Tenebrae" (meaning shadows) during Holy Week, when during the recitation, candles are extinguished one by one. The great French composer François Couperin set the three narratives for soprano soloists and as a duet for the third set.
I have selected three works from the pan African tradition:
Lesklavaj, by the Haitian composer Sydney Guillaume, based on a poem written by his father of a slaves' lament and recalling mother Africa. Deep River, an anonymous African American Spiritual was first referenced by the Fisk Jubilee Singers and arranged by Harry Burleigh in 1916. Finally, a piece written by Bheka Dlamini from South Africa in Zulu commissioned by Robert Hollingworth and the group I Fagiolini that was an outgrowth of a cultural exchange between the English and South African vocal ensembles.
As part of the program I have invited Dr. Jean Bernard Cerin, one of our soloists and Dr. Ellen Charry, professor emeritus from Princeton Theological seminary to discuss the Jeremiah text and music from the pan African tradition for greater context for this program.
Matthew Glandorf