Stay up to date on Cumberland Choral Arts’ upcoming events. We have been singing for Fayetteville since 1991. Our chorale performs pieces from all over the world and from the following genres:
As we take our season journey, we will make a few stops to admire the musical scenery and landscape. Our first stop is the opera.
An opera is an art form where singers and musicians perform a dramatic work combining text (libretto) and musical score, usually in a theatrical setting. Opera incorporates many of the elements of spoken theatre, such as acting, scenery, and costumes, and sometimes includes dance. The differences between opera and oratorio are that opera is staged, has scenery, costuming, and usually has a secular storyline.
In tonight’s concert, you will hear some famous choruses from operas such as Orpheus in the Underworld, H.M.S. Pinafore, Nabucco, Porgy and Bess, and more. Who knows, we may even have a bit of royalty attend to enjoy A Night at the Opera. We hope that you enjoy our production of A Night at the Opera.
George Frederick Handel’s most successful and best-known oratorio was composed in the year 1741. The music was written in 24 days from August 22nd to September 14th.
It was first performed in a concert given for charity in Dublin, Ireland on April 13, 1742, with Handel as the conductor. The Dublin Journal reviewed, “It gave universal satisfaction to all present; and was allowed by the greatest Judges to be the finest Composition of Musick that ever was heard.”
This was hardly the same reaction a year later when Messiah premiered in London. In fact, it took more than 10 years to finally reach the level of success of which we are now accustomed.
Handel’s Messiah has become a work that has been performed all over the world and has become a Fayetteville and CCA tradition. For many choirs, Messiah has become the main work that rests in the center their respective seasons, and the Cumberland Choral Arts share this sentiment.
Our next stop on our musical journey is in London, to experience some of England’s finest music. Tonight, we feature three composers, Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, and John Rutter.
Elgar was an English composer, for among whose best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations and the Pomp and Circumstance Marches. Gustav Holst was an English composer, arranger, and teacher and known for his orchestral suite, The Planets.
Both Elgar and Holst are considered England’s finest Nationalistic composers who tend to combine native resources into their music, such as patriotic melodies and indigenous instruments.
John Rutter is currently a leading English composer of traditional choral works and is the director of Cambridge Singers. All of these composers combine to form a sample of what England has to offer. We hope you enjoy our performance of works from these fine composers.
We return home to America for our final stop on our musical excursion. Tonight’s concert will focus on some little-known composers, some of whom claim North Carolina as their home.
Works performed tonight will be ones by such composers as Joseph Martin, Dan Forrest, Daniel Elder, and Stephen Paulus. During this concert, the listener will experience more subtle and subdued harmonic structures, combining with flowing, sing-able melodies.
Works we will perform include Good Night Dear Heart, Song for the Unsung Hero, Hymn for America, and Elder’s song cycle Three Nocturnes. On behalf of all of us at the Cumberland Choral Arts, we hope you enjoy America, My Home.