Marshall Miles Interviews Christine Gevert of Crescendo, Final Concert of the Season May 17 & 18, “The Mystical 16”

In the year 1616 Burckhard Grossmann, a merchant from Jena, Germany, after surviving a near death experience, in gratitude commissioned 16 composers from central Germany to write settings of Psalm 116. Among them were master composers of church music such as Heinrich SchützChristoph Demantius andJohann H. Schein. Our program will feature motets from this collection by these three composers, as well as works from the early Renaissance to the Baroque times by Adrian WillaertOrlando di LassoJohann Bach andJohann Sebastian Bach. Text and music for contemporary settings of the psalm 116 have been commissioned for Crescendo. The works of composers Jonny PrianoCheng-Chia Wu and Juan Mesa with poems by Bruce McEverFrances Roth and Juliet Mattila will be premiered.

Performers are Crescendo Chorus and Soloists, with Period Instruments, directed by Christine Gevert.

Friday, May 17 at 6 pm – Saint James Place, Great Barrington, MA
Saturday, May 18 at 6 pm – Trinity Church, Lakeville, CT


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