Encore Vocal Arts is known throughout the Circle City for uplifting performances with a a focus on choral music. Saturday, April 17 Encore Vocal Arts presents Indianapolis music with Flight of the Spirit, an inspiring combination of aerial dance and vocal music. This incredible Indianapolis performing arts event comes just in time for Spring, as Encore Vocal Arts presents music from both Igor Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein. This Indianapolis event begins at 8:00 pm on Saturday, April 17 at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center on the campus of Zionsville Community High School. Don’t miss another exciting Indianapolis concert from Encore Vocal Arts.
Encore Vocal Arts teams up with Aerial Dancers and the Zionsville Community High School Chamber Choir to present Flight of the Spirit. The performance will share Igor Stravinksy’s Symphony of Psalms and Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. While the two choirs join forces on stage to share this powerful and beautiful music, aerobatic feats will be performed over the audience’s head, as messages of inner peace and hope swirl effortlessly through the auditorium. The aerial dance performance will compliment the inspiring choral selections, leaving the audience feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Igor Stravkinsky’s Symphony of Psalms was written in 1930 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In three movements, the choral symphony reflects Stravinsky’s neoclassical period. At the time of composition, Stravinsky had just joined the Russian Orthodox Church, which provided him with great inspiration for the piece. The three movements are meant to be performed without a break, creating a seamless performance of the entire piece.
Of his work, Stravinsky commented, “It is not a symphony in which I have included Psalms to be sung. On the contrary, it is the singing of the Psalms that I am symphonizing.” Although the piece was written specifically for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, it was given its world premiere in Brussels in 1930. The piece required throaty, full blooded singing that is inwardly passionate.
Leonard Bernstein composed his Chichester Psalms choral work for boy treble or countertenor, solo quartet, choir and orchestra. In his piece, he specifically states that the part for countertenor may be sung by a boy soprano, but never a woman. His intention behind this was to reinforce the liturgical meaning of the passage sung. With a complex range and rhythm to the piece, it presents many challenges to tenors.
The piece was commissioned by the 1965 Southern Cathedrals’ Festival at Chichester Cathedral. However, the world premiere of the piece occurred in the Philharmonic Hall of New York City. His Psalms, and in particular the first movement of the work, is noted by performers as one of the most difficult pieces of music to sing ever written.
Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms is one of his most overtly Jewish works, with the chorus singing text in Hebrew. In fact, Bernstein recycled some of his unused compositions for the Broadway play West Side Story in the piece, which was suppose to involve a Jewish American gang. The Chichester Psalms are known for its serenity and affirmation, making it an extremely uplifting and spiritual piece of music.
Don’t miss Encore Vocal Arts performance of Flight of the Spirit, this Saturday, April 17. Tickets to this Indianapolis culture event are $12.00 for Indianapolis people and $8.00 for Indianapolis kids with a valid student ID. Head to Zionsville, Indiana this weekend for an uplifting Indianapolis music event.
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Flight of the Spirit
Saturday, April 17 at 8:00 pm
Encore Vocal Arts
Zionsville Performing Arts Center
1000 Mulberry Street