Strata Vocal Ensemble Concert
What Dreams May Come
Strata welcomes you to the Canadian premiere of Stephanie Martins Requiem for All Souls! Be sure to mark November 24 in your calendar because we are thrilled to be performing this beautiful work by Canadian composer and conductor Stephanie Martin, which was commissioned by All Souls Church in San Diego, California, and premiered on All Souls Day, November 2, 2017.
Many people dont realize that the music commissioned by churches for performance during Masses, holy days and other ceremonies forms a part of what we now call classical music, says All Souls Director of Music Ruben Valenzuela, who conducted the premiere. Martins twenty-five-minute Requiem for All Souls is set to the traditional Latin text of the Requiem Mass and will be performed a cappella. Valenzuela describes it as a work of pure, beautiful vocal music grounded in traditional church music.
Martin, associate professor of music at York Universitys School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design; director of Schola Magdalena (a womens ensemble for chant, medieval and modern polyphony,) conductor emeritus of Pax Christi Chorale; and past director of music at the historic church of Saint Mary Magdalene in Toronto, is also a prolific composer of choral works.
In addition to the Canadian premiere of Martins composition, you will hear a variety of works by big name contemporary composers to complement the Requiem: the bright and sonorous Ave Maria by American composer Kevin Memley; Alejandro Consolacions soulful Alleluia; Eric Whitacres Sleep; Eriks Esenvalds The Long Road; John Taveners moving and contemplative Song for Athene; and Billy Joels exquisite ballad And So It Goes.
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