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Summer Sings: Bach's Magnificat & Bernstein's Chichester Psalms

  • PCC Cascade Moriarty Arts Auditorium 705 North Killingsworth Street Portland, OR, 97217 United States (map)

Join us for the final evening of our Summer Sings! 2019 series by singing along with Bach’s Magnificat and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms conducted by Wendy Bamonte and Mark Slegers.

In 1723 Johann Sebastian Bach, with his five children and new wife of two years, moved to Leipzig. During his first year in Leipzig, along with 40 new cantatas and more than 20 reworked pre-Leipzig ones, Johann created the Magnificat in E-flat for Christmas, later revising it to the Magnificat in D for Easter. It is an exhilarating and innovative ride through swift contrasts, alive with freshness and vitality, embodying Mary’s youthfulness in light of her profound task. Chichester Psalms, commissioned by the dean of England's Chichester Cathedral, was not a typical piece for the Anglican Church or for the 1960s avant-garde music world. Yet the work for boy soprano, solo quartet, choir, and orchestra reflects the rich variety of influences that characterized Bernstein’s life and music.

All events begin at 7pm at PCC Cascade Moriarty Arts Auditorium with a suggested $10 donation at the door.

Do you have a tablet and would like to use it at Summer Sings? Download a public domain copy of the Magnificat score!

Whether you sing in a professional choir, a school choir, or a choir for one in the shower, Summer Sings is for you! Three Wednesdays in August, music lovers of all stripes come to  sing through masterworks with members of the Portland Symphonic Choir. This year each of our sessions will be led by one of our new Artistic Consortium Leaders.

We provide the scores and the air-conditioning— you provide the enthusiasm!