Da Camera presents "Sacred Visions: Stravinsky and Messiaen"
Da Camera's 2014-15 season finale is titled "Sacred Visions: Stravinsky and Messiaen." The program includes Renaissance composer Gesualdo's Tristis ist anima mea from Responsoria; Igor Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms (arranged for two pianos and choir by Karen Keating); and Olivier Messiaen's Visions d'Amen.
This fascinating program progresses from darkness to light, from the exquisite harmonies of an Italian renaissance prince to two sacred masterpieces of the 20th century. Stravinsky's moving sacred score, a Neo-classical masterpiece, is presented in a rarely-performed version for chorus and two pianos. Messiaen's great two-piano cycle, recorded in 2010 by Sarah Rothenberg and Marilyn Nonken to international critical acclaim, is a virtuosic tour-de-force that builds toward an ecstatically climactic close.
Da Camera collaborates with the Houston Chamber Choir and lighting designer and Tony Award/MacArthur Foundation genius grant winner Jennifer Tipton.