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|North Carolina Master Chorale to Perform with Symphony|
|Posted: February 14, 2007|
Raleigh’s premier choral ensemble, the North Carolina Master Chorale, will perform with the North Carolina Symphony on March 2 & 3, 2007 in Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. Both performances begin at 8pm under the direction of Music Director Grant Llewellyn.
Founded in 1942 as the Raleigh Oratorio Society, the North Carolina Master Chorale is committed to bringing the very finest in choral music performance to Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill audiences. Under the direction of Dr. Alfred E. Sturgis since 1993, the Chorale boasts a 170-voice symphonic chorus and a 22-voice professional chamber choir. In recognition of its rich heritage and numerous artistic contributions to the community the organization was awarded the 1991 Raleigh Medal of Arts.
In a North Carolina premiere, Grant Llewellyn will lead the orchestra and the North Carolina Master Chorale in a work rarely performed outside of Britain. Cardinal Newman's poem tells of the journey of a man's soul after death – “Gerontius” may be translated roughly as “old man.” Elgar was given a copy of the poem in 1889 as a wedding present. “This is Elgar’s greatest masterpiece,” says Llewellyn. “It’s a large-scale chorus, a sweeping, emotional work.”
Mezzo soprano Susan Platts, tenor Richard Clement and baritone Stephen Powell also join the program as featured soloists.
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