Spring concert features Stravinsky tribute
RELEASED: April 5, 2007
DANVILLE, KY—Centre College will present a choral and orchestra concert titled "A Stravinsky Tribute: Symphony of Psalms" on April 13 at 8 p.m. at the Norton Center for the Arts in Danville, Ky. Tickets ($10 per person) may be purchased at the Norton Center Box Office or by calling (859) 236-4692. The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The choirs from Centre College, Asbury College, Berea College and Transylvania University will combine to present Igor Stravinsky's great masterpiece "The Symphony of Psalms," written in 1930 to honor the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Porco has been recognized as one of the leading choral musicians in the United States. He has been director of choruses for the Cincinnati May Festival since 1989, preparing the May Festival Chorus for performances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the May Festival. He served as professor of music and chairman of the choral department at the Indiana University School of Music from 1980 to 1998. From 1988 to 1998, Porco was artistic director and conductor of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and currently holds the same position with the Cleveland Orchestra.
"The Symphony of Psalms" is a three-movement work written for chorus and orchestra and was composed during Stravinsky's neoclassical period. The symphony derives its name from the use of Psalm texts in the choral parts, which Stravinsky was inspired to include because he had recently rejoined the Russian Orthodox Church following a 16-year hiatus.
Stravinsky said, "It is not a symphony in which I have included Psalms to be sung. On the contrary, it is the singing of the Psalms that I am symphonizing."Born in Russia, Igor Stravinsky emigrated three times in his life: first to Switzerland in 1914, second to Paris in 1920 and finally, in 1939, to the United States. In Paris he worked with a theater company to produce some of the greatest ballets ever written, such as The Rite of Spring, Petrushka and Firebird.
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