Friday, May 17 at 6 pm – Saint James Place, Great Barrington, MA
Saturday, May 18 at 6 pm – Trinity Church, Lakeville, CT
“The Mystical 16: The 1616 Settings of Psalm 116, and Contemporary Versions”
In the year 1616 Burckhard Grossmann, a merchant from Jena, Germany, after surviving a near death experience, in gratitude commissioned 16 composers from central Germany to write settings of Psalm 116. Among them were master composers of church music such as Heinrich Schütz, Christoph Demantius and Johann H. Schein. Our program will feature motets from this collection by these three composers, as well as works from the early Renaissance to the Baroque times by Adrian Willaert, Orlando di Lasso, Johann Bach and Johann Sebastian Bach. Text and music for contemporary settings of the psalm 116 have been commissioned for Crescendo. The works of composers Jonny Priano, Cheng-Chia Wu and Juan Mesa with poems by Bruce McEver, Frances Roth and Juliet Mattila will be premiered.
Performers are Crescendo Chorus and Soloists, with Period Instruments, directed by Christine Gevert.
MAY 17 to 19: The Crescendo Benefit Dinners will be hosted by close friends of Crescendo in their private residences on both days of our last 2018-19 season Choral Concert “Mystical 16,” and also on the day after the concerts. The Benefit Dinners are one of the main fundraising events for our organization. Proceeds will help fund our music programs. For more information, please click HERE.
Our Concert Venues for this season are:
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We warmly thank our Season 2018-19 Sponsors!
❖ The Buchanan Fund, a fund of the Northwest CT Community Foundation on behalf of Jean Vitalis
❖ Martha Baer
❖ Margaret Chapman
❖ Margaret Deutsch
❖ Kathy Drake & Stephen Potter
❖ Alice Gustafson
❖ Jane and Robert Keiter
❖ Ezra and Reeva Mager
❖ Bruce McEver
❖ Terence & Montie Meehan
❖ Linda Michaels
❖ Sarah & Tom Morrison
❖ Martha & Michael Nesbitt
❖ Norman Rockwell Museum
❖ Thomas C. Ragan, In Memory of James K. Brehm
❖ Roberta Roll
❖ Michael Wise & Susan Pettee
The list represents sponsorship-level gifts and pledges since July 2018.
If you would like to become a Season Sponsor for Crescendo’s 2018-19 season, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Crescendo is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, making your donations (less any benefits) tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.