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Crescendo Choir presents world premiere November 9

10.31.07
CRESCENDO TO PRESENT A "DANCE OF DEATH" WORLD PREMIERE
AT CONCERTS IN GREAT BARRINGTON AND LAKEVILLE NOV. 9, 10

LAKEVILLE, CT."How can there be a world premiere in 2007 of a work written more than 70 years ago? Because Hugo Distlerís haunting "Totentanz" ("Dance of Death"), Op. 12/1 (1934), has never before received the full multimedia treatment it will get when the Crescendo Choir and Bard College at Simonís Rock present it"appropriately"shortly after Halloween. The performances will bring to life--with music, dance and animation--the workís inspiration: A medieval fresco lost to the bombs of World War II.

The Distler work sets to music 14 motets about life and death, with speakers portraying Death and other allegorical characters. The Crescendo Choir and soloists will perform it in front of an animated projection of a medieval Dance of Death mural in St. Maryís Church in LŁbeck, Germany, that was destroyed in the 1940s. John Myers, a faculty member of Bard College at Simonís Rock, and artist Alice Myers painstakingly recreated and animated the 1460 LŁbeck mural assisted by Danish scholar Martin HagstrÝm. Wendy Shifrin, also a Simonís Rock faculty member, has created choreography to Distlerís music for 13 student dancers.

Other works on the program are Distlerís motet "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," Op. 12/6, and the Leonhard Lechner motet "Deutsche SprŁche Łber Leben und Tod" (1606), a meditation on life and death that also inspired Distlerís "Totentanz."

The program will conclude with two other variations on "Wachet auf," the joyful Lutheran hymn for All Soulsí Day (Nov. 2), Johann Sebastian Bachís prelude for organ, BWV 645, and the well-known chorale from his Cantata 140.

Soprano soloists from Chorus Angelicus, based in Torrington, Conn., will also participate, along with flutist Rodrigo Tarraza, of Lenox, Mass. German conductor Christine Gevert of Lakeville, Conn. is also artistic director of the project.

Crescendo is a music performance organization based at Trinity Episcopal Church, 484 Lime Rock Rd., Lakeville. The concerts are scheduled for Friday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 251 Main Street (Route 7), in Great Barrington, Mass. and Saturday, November 10, at 5 p.m. in Lakeville. Tickets are $25, $10 for children, and in Great Barrington at the door, $5 for Simonís Rock students. For information, call 860-435-4866.

The performance will also be recorded on DVD for presentation in March 2008 in Florence, Italy, at the annual convention of the European Cultural Association of the Danse Macabre.





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