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Duke Arts Presents

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, UK

Sunday, April 16, 2023 | 4:00 pm

Vocal Ensemble Series

Duke Chapel

Samuel Jones & Daniel Blaze, organ

Graham Ross, director

The distinguished Choir of Clare College, Cambridge is headed stateside for a celebration of masterpieces old and new from the flourishing choral tradition of the 20th and 21st centuries. At the heart of the program is the US premiere of a new commission by Héloïse Werner, one of the UK classical music scene’s fastest rising stars. Her Magnificat sits alongside works by other leading contemporary voices from the UK and US. Roderick Williams’s reimagining of Byrd’s Ave verum corpus and James MacMillan’s colorful setting of a Latin text represent the British contingent, while and the swallow by Carolina Shaw, the youngest ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, and Eric Whitacre’s bold dreamscape showcase some of the best examples of contemporary American choral writing.

These new works are paired with other similarly short works by the great and the good of 20th-century choral music, with several more religious works: a festival anthem by Finzi, a motet by Howells and a Jewish prayer by Bernstein.


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Britten: A Hymn to St Columba

Bernstein: Hashkiveinu

Roderick Williams: Ave verum corpus Re-imagined

Finzi: Lo, the full, final Sacrifice

Howells: Take him, earth, for cherishing

Héloïse Werner: Magnificat (US premiere)

Arvo Pärt: Magnificat

James MacMillan: Miserere

Caroline Shaw: and the swallow

Eric Whitacre: Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine

This concert is arranged through Knudsen Productions, LLC the exclusive N. American representative for the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge.

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