GROTON -- The Lawrence Academy Singers will take the stage of New York's Carnegie Hall for the third time on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m.
The group will join ensembles from South Carolina and Indiana to perform one of the most beloved works of choral music, the Gloria of Antonio Vivaldi.
Choral director and clinician James P. Johnson will conduct a massed choir of more than 135 voices; vocal soloists Kathryn Bowden, soprano and Anna Laurenzo, mezzo-soprano; and the New England Symphonic Ensemble, as part of MidAmerica Productions' 36th concert season.
"Lawrence Academy is thrilled to give its singers the opportunity to become part of the history of such an esteemed venue," said LA's Director of Music Jenny Cooper. "We take pride in being a small school, but we also value the chance to perform in a large ensemble as well. This performance is the perfect combination."
The Vivaldi Gloria, a masterpiece of economy and invention, probably dates from 1715. It is one of Vivaldi's most popular works, even though it was only rediscovered in 1939. The text, from the Ordinary of the Catholic mass, is thought to have originated as a hymn sung by angels announcing the birth of Christ. Vivaldi here divides the text into 12 alternately festive and tender movements, with sections for full chorus, for soprano and mezzo-soprano soloists, and for chorus and soloists together.
The April 28 concert at Carnegie Hall will also include the 160-voice Festival Chorus of the First Baptist Church of Pensacola, Florida, conducted by its Director, Bob Morrison, performing Randall Thompson's a cappella choral cycle The Peaceable Kingdom, and shorter works by Joseph Martin and John Rutter with the New England Symphonic Ensemble.
The concert will conclude with Haydn's "Mariazeller" Mass, conducted by Elizabeth Schauer, with soloists Kathryn Bowden, soprano; Anna Laurenzo, mezzo-soprano; Brandon Scott Russell, tenor; and Rubin Casas, bass; and the New England Symphonic Ensemble.
This concert will be preceded by a Prelude Concert at 1 p.m., in which the Choirs of Indiana University South Bend will perform music by Director Marvin V. Curtis, who will conduct.
Concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium/Ronald O. Perelman Stage are $150, $100, and $50. Tickets may be obtained by contacting CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, visiting the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th Street and 7th Avenue in New York, NY, or by going online to www.carnegiehall.org). For more information, contact email@example.com
The Lawrence Academy Singers are an unauditioned ensemble that meets during the academic day. Lawrencian Chorale is a community ensemble offered to faculty and students that rehearses weekly. Both ensembles performed this work in January.