Tenebrae

2005


9 dancers, 40-voice choir; 30 minutes

An ensemble of forty voices and ten dancers will bring to life Tenebrae, a new work that celebrates the 500th anniversary of the birth of composer Thomas Tallis, in the exquisite sacred setting of St. Mark's Church. Tallis' fervent music, composed during a time of religious turmoil, terror, and war, inspires an experiment in complex choreographic counterpoint by Artistic Director Christopher Caines. The composer's unforgettable "Spem in alium" and two other masterpieces, The Lamentations of Jeremiah and the gemlike motet "If ye love me," comprise the score for Tenebrae, which will be conducted by Kristina Boerger, Artistic Director of the Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble.

The program also highlights the music of contemporary American composer William Bolcom. Can't Sleep, a work for nine dancers, explores the shifting moods of selections from Bolcom's four books of Cabaret Songs (1977?1996), set to the sly, witty lyrics of New York poet Arnold Weinstein. Like the songs, the dance evokes an insomniac world of sins longed for, found, lost-and sometimes forgiven. The music will be performed by soprano Silvie Jensen and baritone Alan Reinhardt, accompanied by pianist Marija Ilic.

Lighting Design: Carol Mullins, Susan Hamburger
Costume Design: Ingrid Maurer, Beatrice Fairfax
Choral Contractor: Robb Moss

Music
Thomas Tallis — "Spem in alium," Lamentations I, etc.

Dancers
Ruth Arena, Christopher Caines, Rachel Frank, Val Loukiano, Edgar Peterson, Adam MacLean, Carmen Nicole, Claire Willy, Christopher Woodrell, and Luna Montano.

Musicians
Silvie Jensen, soprano
Alan Reinhardt, baritone
Marija Ilic and Christopher Bruckman, piano
40-voice choir conducted by Kristina Boerger


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