Music Director James Bagwell gives a behind-the-scenes look as The Collegiate Chorale prepares for its last concert in the 2011-2012 season, Contemporary Voices (May 21st at 7pm, St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York, NY).

We will begin the concert with Aaron Copland’s In The Beginning for mezzo-soprano and a cappella choir, a piece The Chorale premiered in 1947. We will then shift to a more international focus, singing young Israeli composer Avner Dorman's evocative Psalm 67 (New York Premiere), Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu's pensive All That the Man Left Behind When He Died (Shinda otoko no nokoshita mono wa), and Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki's hauntingly beautiful Song of the Cherubim (1987). The Chorale will conclude the concert with Francis Poulenc's treasured Gloria, with esteemed organist Christopher Creaghan.

Tickets start at $25 and are available at collegiatechorale.org.

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