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Kantorei, the Minnesota-based a cappella choral ensemble conducted by Axel Theimer, opens its 2019-20 concert season with its traditional Fall Audience Appreciation concert.
The choir will premiere David Evan Thomas’s “Sing to Me,” a setting of a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, commissioned by the choir and dedicated to Kantorei director Axel Theimer. (left: Theimer and Thomas, 2015)
Directed by Axel Theimer since its inception in 1988, Kantorei is one of the premier a cappella choral ensembles in Minnesota. The choir’s approach to singing, with an integral focus on vocal freedom, allows the singers to communicate the emotional and expressive content of music and text with natural beauty. Kantorei’s mission is to share a passion for lifelong singing, with emphasis on distinctive and diverse choral literature. This will be the sixth work by Thomas sung by Kantorei. Others include Light Upon the Water, 3 Psalms and For God so Loved the World.
Sunday, October 27, 3 PM
The Church of Christ the King
5029 Zenith Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Saturday, November 9 @ 3 PM
The Baroque Room
275 East 4th Street #280, St. Paul
Tickets at door, $30
Also on the program: Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor, Opus 10.
Lux String Quartet is a Twin-Cities based ensemble, bringing a dynamic edge to performance and education since 2013. As avid recitalists, Lux maintains an active presence in a wide array of musical spheres, from concert halls and churches, to coffee shops and podcasts. Their concert series, “Lattes with Lux,” established an enthusiastic fan base and is currently hosted by several local, independent coffee houses around the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
A wide spectrum of musical backgrounds and tastes contributes to the group’s creativity, which is reflected in their collaborative projects with other artists. In addition to presenting classical repertoire, Lux frequently collaborates with other musicians, actors, and composers to perform contemporary works, pushing boundaries of presentation, form, and aesthetic.
Dedicated to music education and instilling a love for their art in the next generation, Lux String Quartet presents at elementary schools and other music education programs. They have served as quartet-in-residence at Augsburg University Suzuki Talent Education and the Oskaloosa Music Festival.Thomas’s quartet is a lyrical experiment and a pun, asking the players to play—as much as is practical—on only one string: una corda. The piano has an una corda pedal, which moves the dampers to allow only one string to be struck. Transferred to strings, the first movement of this work is played on each instrument’s lowest string, the G (for violin) or C (viola and cello). Movement II is played the middle two strings. The final movement uses only the highest string.
With “light” its very name, it’s particularly appropriate that the Lux Quartet is presenting the premiere of this work.