Announcing our Virtual Concert Series!
We're still here for you!
We're not letting Covid 19 stop us from continuing to bring you beautiful classical music! We're pleased to announce our new virtual concert series for all to enjoy FREE!
Special Holiday Edition
Friends of Music wishes you a peaceful and joyous holiday season!
This Friends of Music virtual concert features beautiful choral Christmas music that you may not be familiar with. We have selected music that is serene and that we fervently wish brings us inner peace during this stressful time. Watch all the selections and it may give you a whole new perspective on the Christmas season, as only quality classical music can.
We at Friends of Music hope that you have a truly wonderful holiday season and we look forward to seeing you IN PERSON starting February 13, 2022.
Click below to enjoy these beautiful selections!
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The 21st century has been a golden age for a capella choral music. One of its leading lights has been Eric Whitacre. We’ll begin with his mysterious piece the Chelsea Carol. This dark piece, in Latin, portrays the feeling of expectancy as we await the Nativity:
We don't have to travel far for the next selection, only to Ashland as the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers perform And lo, the angel of the lord came upon them by James Macmillan.
An infrequently performed but beautifully haunting Christmas masterpiece is Laud to the Nativity by Ottorino Respighi. This seems to capture the wonder of Christmas as well as, or better than, any other full-length Christmas work:
Another important contemporary composer of choral music is Morton Lauridsen. This is his beautiful setting of the Gregorian chant O magnum mysterium, a piece which established Lauridsen as a major force among contemporary composers. Who better to perform it than the choir of Kings College Cambridge?
We’ll close our concert with Whitacre's Lux Arumque. It is a Christmas piece based on a Latin poem of the same name, which translates as “Light, warm and heavy as pure gold, and the angels sing softly to the new born babe”. This particular rendition truly illustrates the power of music to bring us together:
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