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Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 4:00pm
First Presbyterian Church 315 N Cayuga St
Cornell Chamber Singers, Stephen Spinelli, conductor, in collaboration with an ensemble of professional period instrumentalists, will offer a rare performance of Philadelphia-based composer Kile Smith's The Waking Sun, a multi-movement cantata based on the plays and texts of Seneca the Younger, a patron of Stoicism. Commissioned and premiered in 2011 as a collaborative project between Philadelphia's GRAMMY Award-winning chamber choir The Crossing and the internationally acclaimed baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia Inquirer heralded, "Objectively speaking, The Waking Sun is...a hit." The concert will begin with Dieterich Buxtehude's Gott hilf mir, a seventeenth-century musical drama that tracks the transformation of a troubled soul, represented by a baritone soloist, who is comforted by the words of the choir. Hailed by Opera News as a baritone with "velvety tone and a stage presence which exudes confidence and charm…,” visiting artist, Levi Hernandez, will be featured on the Buxtehude.
Co-sponsored by the Institute for German Cultural Studies and the Cornell Institute for European Studies