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Seeds of Modernism: Fauré, Gounod, Franck and Bruckner

May 11 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

On Saturday, May 11th, at 7:30 PM, the Aurora Chamber Singers will present its spring concert, “Seeds of Modernism,” at the College Street Congregational Church, 265 College
Street, in Burlington Vermont. This program of late Romantic European music by Gabriel Fauré, Charles Gounod, César Franck, and Anton Bruckner, features the voices of the Aurora Chamber Singers, soloists and organ, under the leadership of conductor David Neiweem.

At the end of the 19th century, Romantic style began shifting, opening the door to modernism. Choral music of the time used a lush harmonic language and grand proportion. We can discern
the seeds of stylistic change in the choral compositions selected for this program: Charles Gounod’s Messe breve no. 7, Anton Bruckner’s “Windhaager” Messe, César Frank’s Psalm 150, and Gabriel Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine. The selection is perfectly suited for the acoustics of the church where it will be performed, built at roughly the same time as the music was conceived.

Aurora Chamber Singers is a group of experienced choral artists formed in Spring 2018 to continue the mission of the Oriana Singers upon founder William Metcalfe’s retirement. Oriana Singers enjoyed a prestigious 36-year place in the musical life of the region with Spring and Fall concerts, summer participation in the Vermont Mozart Festival and concert performances of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Aurora’s choral repertoire spans ages and cultures, including choral masterworks, contemporary music, and thematic programs.

Conductor David Neiweem has been involved in choral music since his earliest years in Chicago, Ill. He has been a member of countless ensembles and enjoyed a lengthy career as a baritone soloist. He was professor of music and chair of the music program at the University of Vermont until his retirement in 2023.


May 11
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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College Street Congregational Church
265 College St
Burlington, VT 05401 United States
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