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Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble

Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble

When: Saturday, March 9, 2024
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM CT

Where: Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: $8 general public/$5 students

Contact: Concert Management Office   (847) 467-4000

Group: Bienen School of Music Concerts and Events

Category: Fine Arts


Terrifying Angel—Choral Explorations of Rilke

Andrew Megill and Tim Lambert, conductors
​​​​​​​Stephen Andrew Taylor, guest composer

An evening of choral settings of poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke, whose beautiful and powerful words explore the human experience of transcendence. Paul Hindemith’s Six chansons elegantly set the poet’s miniature French poems, which vividly depict fleeting moments of truth via their descriptions of the natural world. Die erste Elegie by the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara transforms one of Rilke’s most complex poems (and one of the poet’s own favorites) into a dramatic work for virtuoso choir. Also on the program is a commission from Illinois composer Stephen Andrew Taylor (‘87) and the American premiere of Rilke settings by Canadian composer Ramona Luengen. 

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