Omaha Symphonic Chorus Presents “Christmas at the Cathedral”
December 4th, 2013
Omaha, NE — A Christmas tradition in the Omaha area continues into its 18th year.
This coming weekend features an Omaha holiday favorite – the annual â€œChristmas at the Cathedralâ€ concert presented by the Omaha Symphonic Chorus. Dr. Greg Zielke, the Chorusâ€™ Artistic Director and Conductor, says this year the concert was built around music suggested by chorus members.
â€œThey all submitted their favorite pieces from the past 12 years,â€ said Zielke, â€œand there were clearly a few of those that rose to the top, and that became the centerpiece of our concert. The most requested piece was â€˜O Nata Luxâ€™ which is the center movement from Morten Lauridsenâ€™s â€˜Lux Aternaâ€™.â€
Also well-represented are arrangements by English composer and conductor, John Rutter.
â€œOne is a setting of â€˜The Holly and the Ivyâ€™, a very sparkly, fast piece of music, and then the very sweet and delicate â€˜Candlelight Carol.â€™ Of course weâ€™re also doing our traditional closer, which is a John Rutter setting of â€˜We Wish You A Merry Christmas.â€™â€
Speaking of English composers, Dr. Zielke chose to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten with his â€œHymn to the Virginâ€.
â€œAnd this one is really going to be beautiful for that space because it is a capella for chorus and semi-chorus and the semi-chorus will be in the organ loft so we will have this truly antiphonal singing.â€
Joining the Chorus on this concert are members of the Omaha Symphony. Dr. Zielke says it is a real treat to work with such outstanding musicians.
â€œTheyâ€™re so musical, so responsive, they play so beautifullyâ€¦â€
Dr. Zielke says the Symphony musicians are not the only guest performers.
â€œThis year we have a new element, The Moving Company from UNO is directed by Lauren Bartels, theyâ€™re dancing to a piece called â€˜Serenityâ€™, this is by Ola Gjeilo. Serenity is a setting of the O Magnum Mysterium text, which is a Christmas text. The music of Ola Gjeilo tends to be atmospheric.â€
The Omaha Symphonic Chorusâ€™ 18th annual â€œChristmas at the Cathedralâ€ concerts are Friday, December 6 at 8 pm and Sunday, December 8 at 2 pm. Both performances are at Omahaâ€™s St. Cecilia Cathedral. Tickets are available at the north entrance or online at omahasymphonicchorus.org.
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