Easthampton MA

UMass Amherst Music, Rare Choral Work

On Saturday, February 24 at 8:00 p.m., the Chamber Choir of the UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance will perform Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil at Our Lady of the Valley Church, 33 Adams St., Easthampton. The Choir will be joined by the Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble; both groups are directed by Tony Thornton, Director of Choral Studies at UMass Amherst.

Seldom performed in our area, the All-Night Vigil is regarded as the pinnacle of Russian Orthodox choral music, and is one of the most challenging pieces in the a cappella repertory. Its 15 texts, which span Vespers through Matins to Prime, are Rachmaninov’s response to the chaos and suffering of World War I. Nine of the movements in the Vigil are based on traditional chant; the other six are original. In mood, they move from praise to meditation, from penitence to appeals to God to deliver humankind from death and calamity. The work is roughly one hour in length.

Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students, and may be purchased at www.illuminatiensemble.org.

University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003


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