O Mysterium Magnum
Jamesport Meeting House
1590 Main Rd, Jamesport, NY 11947
Saturday May 29th 2021 at 6:00pm
Yezu Elizabeth Woo, Violin
Paolo Bartolani, Piano
General audience: $70
Friends of Rites of Spring and Members of Jamesport Meeting House: $50
Children Under 16 FREE
$5 Make a Donation to The Retreat: Where Violence Ends and Hope Begins.
This concert is made possible with the contribution of
Huntington Arts Council - Decentralization Fund and EETA Grant
in collaboration with Jamesport Meeting House
Masks and social distancing will be required for the live audience.
Attendance to this in-person performance will be limited and restrictions in place per NYS COVID-19 guidelines required at the time of the event.
Jan Sibelius Pieces for violin and piano Op. 79
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Méditation Op.42 No.1
Isang Yun Königliches Thema
Arvo Pärt Fratres
Alfred Schnittke Suite on old style
Olivier Messiaen Louange à l'immortalité de Jésus
Morten Lauridsen O Mysterium Magnum
The whole music program has been inspired by the latin text O Magnum Mysterium. There are many music examples existing through the ages, so one, that of 1545 by Adrian Willaert, the founder of polyphony up to Giovanni Gabrieli 1554-1612, William Byrd 1540-1623, Francis Poulenc 1899-1963 and finally Morten Lauridsen. The piece written in 1994 by the American composer Morten Lauridsen O Mysterium Magnum mimics classic Gregorian choral pieces in its style but with some modern influence as well. Lauridsen said "I wanted this piece to resonate immediately and deeply into the core of the listener, to illumine through sound". The music pulls its lyrics from the responsorial chant shown above.
The serenity, the closeness with nature and the abiding calmness perfectly expressing a timeless sense of quietness of this program that presents music written by Jan Sibelius, Olivier Messiaen, Alfred Schnittke, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Isang Yun, Arvo Pärt