Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir 'Benjamin Britten: This Little Babe'

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Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir 'Arvo Pärt: Zwei Beter'

Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | 8:00 pm




Vocal Ensemble Series

Duke Chapel

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Founded in 1932, the Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir is the oldest and largest children’s concert choir in the Czech Republic. This award-winning ensemble has been a staple of Czech radio broadcasts, orchestral performances, and opera and theatre productions for close to a century. Like the Latvian Radio Choir (coming to Duke Chapel on November 15), the Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir is a beloved choral institution in the Central and Eastern European tradition and one of its country’s most prized cultural exports.

In the soaring and contemplative space of Duke Chapel, the forty-five member ensemble — selected from the 900 children in the choir’s training program — sings a program of sacred music from the renaissance to the present. The concert includes Victoria’s intricate polyphonic rendering of a plainchant Ave Maria, and continues in a Marian vein with Czech composer Jan Novák’s Ave Maria; Schubert’s Salve Regina; Carl Maria von Weber’s Maria Wiegenlied; and Ivan Kurz’s Maria, Mater Nostra. Among the living Czech composers on the program is Slavomír Hořínka, whose Laudate Dominum is beautifully evocative of ancient liturgical chant.


Jacob Handl Gallus: Pueri Concinite

Tomás Luis de Victoria: Ave Maria

Ivan Kurz: Maria, Mater Nostra (Precatio)

Slavomír Hořínka: Laudate Dominum

Franz Schubert: Salve Regina

Leonard Bernstein: Gloria Tibi

Felix Mendelssohn: Veni Domine

Jan Novák: Gloria and Ave Maria

Benjamin Britten: This Little Babe, Balulalow, and Deo Gratias from A Ceremony of Carols

Randall Thompson: Alleluia

Carl Maria von Weber: Maria Wiegenlied

Arvo Pärt: Peace Be Upon You, Jerusalem and Zwei Beter

"The angel voices of the Prague Philharmonic Chidren's Choir lit up the performance in unearthly colors."

Hospodářské noviny

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