The Colby College Collegium and the Colby College Chorale, in collaboration with the Colby-Kennebec Choral Society, offer an American music concert in the month of thanksgiving. Invitation is an exploration of the origins of American musical styles and how they have influenced traditional compositional forms throughout history. The concert’s highlight will be Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, in collaboration with members of the Bluegrass Music Association of Maine. Other works include the complete Old American Songs by Aaron Copland, a selection of canons, catches, and rounds by Kirke Meechem, and selections from Harmony of Maine (1792) by the “Handel of Maine,” Supply Belcher.
A Colby tradition since 1971, the service includes readings, carol singing by candlelight, and the sounds of the Nickerson Carillon. Colby music ensembles provide a festive evening of traditional and contemporary seasonal music from around the world.
Origins: Annual humanities theme event
Colby College Collegium
Eric Christopher Perry, director
Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Colby College Collegium offers a concert of ‘firsts.’ Whether they be first attempts at choral writing by notable composers, or first choral works that define particular styles, I Am Already Big is a survey of the unique origins of choral music. Juxtaposed with audio samples of each selected composers’ final works, we hope the audience will be interested to see where the journey begins and ends. Sometimes, it surprises… Select works include Bach’s first church cantata, BWV 4: Christ lag in Todesbanden, and Chistoph Graupner’s 1709 cantata, Ach wo nun hin, performed from a modern edition by Dr. Marius Bahnean, Director of Choral Activities at Tennessee Wesleyan University. Dr. Bahnean will also give a pre-concert lecture on the importance of Graupner as an originator. Other featured works include first choral compositions by Mozart, Arvo Pärt, Dominick Argento, and selections of first works from other celebrated composers of today.
In the final concerts of the season, the Colby Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the Colby College Chorale and the Colby-Kennebec Choral Society to present Haydn’s Mass No. 13 in Bb Major, “Schöpfungsmesse,” also known as “Creation Mass.” Not to be confused with the composer’s most famous oratorio, “The Creation,” this exuberant mass setting for orchestra, choir, and soloists is a masterpiece in its own right – though one may recognize some familiar melodies originated from Haydn’s monumental ‘Creation.’ Also on the program are Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2 and the winner of the Annual Concerto Competition.