Clerestory

 Images from the performance onSaturday, April 22, 2017

Gemini: Music for Double Choirs
Victoria, Vivanco, Guerrero, Vaughn Williams, Palestrina, Britten, Howells & Crabtree

For centuries the vast spaces of great cathedrals have inspired composers to write
stereophonic music for two choirs that have enhanced their listeners' transcendent
experience. Polychoral motets for the amorous texts of the Song of Songs were written
by Victoria, Vivanco, and Guerrero for the cathedrals of Renaissance Spain while
Palestrina's profound Stabat Mater echoed in the newly completed dome of St. Peter's
Basilica in Rome. Vaughn Williams brought the English choral tradition of the
sixteenth century into the twentieth with his polychoral Mass in G Minor, first sung
in the liturgy of London's neo-Byzantine Westminster Cathedral. The potential of eight
separate vocal parts have attracted modern composers as well, as you will hear in
works Benjamin Britten, Steven Sametz, James MacMillan, Herbert Howells and
Paul Crabtree. Clerestory’s eight voices, enhanced by the resonance of the
"Brisbane cathedral" at Mission Blue Center, will combine in every permutation to
illuminate this music that is both intricate and otherworldly.