One of America’s top choral groups will perform a rousing collection of peace anthems and uplifting songs at a special free concert in Dublin’s Christ Church cathedral this St Patrick’s Weekend.
The performance by Northwest Chorale — featuring 65 talented high school singers from across Kansas — will comprise newer works by modern American composers as well as some carefully selected 20th-century classics.
Their highly-anticipated programme, conducted by Beth Richey-Sullivan, includes Herbert Howells’ Like As The Hart Desireth The Waterbrooks — written while German bombs blitzed London during World War II — as part of his Four Anthems based on Psalm 42.
The joyful Jubilate Deo by Benjamin Britten — a pacifist and conscientious objector in World War II — was written in 1961 by royal request when the Duke Of Edinburgh asked him to create a refrain for St George’s Chapel choir at Windsor Castle.
Northwest Chorale will also perform the rousing Antiphon by Ralph Vaughan Williams, another giant of 20th-century classical music. It was penned as part of a composition called the Five Mystical Songs based on poems by George Herbert.
Vaughan Williams was 42 when he enlisted for military service during World War 1. The continual noise of the guns permanently damaged his hearing and also had a lasting emotional effect on him.
Northwest Chorale will also celebrate the rich choral literature created in the United States in recent years. Their set list includes You Do Not Walk Alone composed by Elaine Hagenberg. This is a powerful, uplifting melody with lyrics taken from an old Irish blessing. “May you see God’s light on the path ahead, when the road you walk is dark. May you always hear even in your hour of sorrow, the gentle singing of the lark.”
Grace Before Sleep by Susan LaBarr is a haunting a cappella ode to surviving life’s storms while Ad Astra by Jacob Narverud radiates a message of hope and empowerment: “To the stars through difficulties, look upward, move forward, leave all cares behind.”
Dr. Kurt Knecht, the organist for the Northwest Chorale and a world-renowned composer, will accompany the student singers on his self-penned A Prayer for Peace.
Light-hearted American classic folk song Skip To My Lou, Zion Walls by Aaron Copland and Wondrous Love (Parker/Shaw) completes the eclectic choral programme.
“We are hugely excited to be performing in the historic surrounds of Christ Church and hope Irish audiences, and visitors to Dublin, enjoy our repertoire,” declares Dr. Knecht.
“We think it highlights the heart and hopes of the choir members, which is to bring peace and unity through artistic excellence and inspiration.”
Free entrance with a voluntary donation towards the on-going mission of Christ Church Cathedral.
Event: Songs of Joy, War and Peace with Northwest Chorale, one of America's Top Choral Groups
Event Venue: Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8.
Date: Monday, March 16, 2020
Time: The concert starts at 8pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Price and Booking: Free entrance with a voluntary donation towards the on-going mission of Christ Church Cathedral. Register Now.
Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8.
By BUS: Christchurch Place is on several bus routes, including 123, 13, 27, 40, 49, 77a and 77x - see DublinBus.ie for information.
By LUAS: Christ Church is served by the Luas Red Line. Get off at the Four Courts stop and cross the river on to Winetavern Street.
By TRAIN: Christ Church is located 15 minutes walk from Heuston and 20 minutes walk from Connolly Rail Stations, both of which are served by the number 90 bus which stops on both sides of the quays directly opposite the cathedral.
By DART: Christ Church is located approximately 10 minutes walk from Tara Street Dart Station.
CAR PARKING: The nearest car park is Q-Park Christ Church, accessed from Werburgh Street, just across from the cathedral. It is a 24-hour car park.
GPS Coordinates: Latitude 53.34351299999999, Longitude -6.271060199999965