Choral group Camerata d’Amici is proud to present its winter concert “Northern Lights” on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at 4 p.m. at the Wilton Presbyterian Church, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton, CT. Conducted by artistic director Kristin Sponheim, the program will feature a diverse repertoire of music inspired by images of winter.
The concert opens with Morten Lauridsen’s “Mid-Winter Waking,”described by the composer as “a giddy stirring from hibernation” to participate once again in love and creativity. Other images of winter are portrayed in “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” a setting by Randall Thompson of a poem by Robert Frost, sung by the men of Camerata, as well as “Tundra,” an atmospheric piece by the Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, sung by the women of Camerata.
Camerata’s concert also includes works that use imagery of night and day. Eric Whitacre’s “Goodnight Moon,” a setting of the famous children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown, speaks lovingly of the night. “Cover Me with the Night,” by South African composer Peter Klatzow, is a prayer for divine protection during the night, while “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” by Dolly Parton, arranged by Craig Hella Johnson, describes the glow of morning and the hope it brings.
The program concludes with the gospel piece “Shine on Me,” (arranged by Rollo Dilworth) and “Hallelujah,” an Appalachian shape-note melody, arranged by Shawn Kirchner.
Now in its thirteenth season, Camerata d’Amici is an auditioned choir made up of singers from Fairfield and Westchester counties. “Northern Lights” will feature performances by the full group and a select chamber ensemble, men’s and women’s pieces, and vocal solos by Thomas Carr, Mia Herstatt and Juliet Pratt. Margarita Nuller will accompany the choir on piano.
Tickets at the door are $25 for adults and $10 for youth 18 and under. Advance tickets, with a reduced ticket price of $20 for adults, may be purchased at cameratadamici.org, or by check made payable to Camerata d’Amici at P.O. Box 74, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Online tickets are available through Friday, March 1. Follow Camerata d’Amici on Instagram and Facebook and listen to past performances on YouTube.