Eric Whitacre Composer

‘Americana’ concert celebrates nation’s musical contributions
CT Post

On Saturday, March 12, the Fairfield County Chorale will bring 100 voices to the unique tradition of American choral music, featuring selections by Copland, Whitacre and Connecticut’s own Charles Ives at the Norwalk Concert Hall.

Stylistic diversity is the foundation of the concert, according to the chorale’s concert announcement: “From from the rousing patriotism of Connecticut composer Charles Ives; Aaron Copland’s beautiful songbook, “Old American Songs”; Morten Lauridsen’s mystical “O Magnum Mysterium”; to current choral (favorites) Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque” and Randall Thompson‘s “Alleluia”; and the rich spirituals of Moses Hogan (“Motherless Child”) and Nigerian-born Fela Sowande (‘Heaven Bells are Ringin’).”

“The music is rich, the arrangements sophisticated,” said Music Director David Rosenmeyer in the announcement. “As a choir we rarely get to perform the music of our country – typically we perform the Symphonic-Choir Repertoire. Singing different styles allows us to reflect on our identity and our diversity – and there is so much diversity in this country.

“To present an overview of different American styles or genres, we chose some significant works that capture the spirit of this great nation,” said Rosenmeyer. “Music is without a doubt one of the greatest contributions that the United States has given the world.”

Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Ave. Saturday, March 12, 7:30 p.m. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. $5 for students. 203-254-1333,