“Alive and Well: America’s Living Composers”
Sunday, May 31, 2015
3pm, Forsythe MIddle School Auditorium
This season, the Ann Arbor Civic Chorus will sing music by living, contemporary American composers. There is a wealth of fresh, new music coming from composers in this country. The music being performed by the chorus features a wide range of music styles, from jazz, to blues, to 21st Century classical, to novelty, to bluegrass. Today’s composers are tapping into our rich American musical heritage; they are arranging classics, composing completely new musical ideas and harmonies, and reinventing how a choir approaches melody and harmony. Some of the composers featured are the legendary Stephen Sondheim (“Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night Music), the quirky PDQ Bach, (“My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth”), the reclusive, yet ethereal Morten Lauridsen (“Dirait-on”), and Michigan’s own Gerald Custer, to name a few.
In addition to performing this music at our concert May 31, singers from the Ann Arbor Civic Chorus will also have the opportunity to sing and work personally with another featured American composer, John Leavitt. They will be participating in the Chicago Sings! choral festival over Memorial Day weekend, singing in a mass choir of over 200 singers, after having spent two days in workshops and rehearsals working closely with the composer.
Please join us for a celebration of contemporary American choral music sung with mastery and enthusiasm by the Ann Arbor Civic Chorus!