|U of M Soloists and Choir to Perform with Memphis Symphony Orchestra at Idlewild
For release: April 24, 2007
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David Loebel, music director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the final program of the Bach at Idlewild series at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, 1750 Union Avenue, on Sunday, April 29, at 4 p.m. The program will feature the core players of the MSO, and the University of Memphis Concert Choir, directed by Lawrence Edwards.
Included on the program will be Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, the choral motet Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Sing to the Lord a New Song), the organ Prelude and Fugue in G Minor (performed by Idlewild Music Director Ted Gibboney), and the Cantata No. 34, O ewiges Feuer, o Urspring der Liebe (O Eternal Fire, O Source of Love). The closing work’s highly jubilant music will feature the trumpet section of the MSO and vocal soloists Renee Clair, Jonathan Steadman and Marcus King from the University of Memphis.
Bach at Idlewild has been a three-concert series co-sponsored by Idlewild Presbyterian Church, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Rhodes College and the University of Memphis. It has proven to be a wonderful opportunity for some of the city’s finest musicians to collaborate in performing Bach’s church cantatas, which were written for specific church services and seek to express and represent scriptural and hymnic texts in interesting and often profound ways. The programs include excursions in Bach’s instrumental music, and this final program includes the first of his intricate motets. The presentation of this music in the Neo-Gothic nave at Idlewild allows the music to be imagined in its original context as religious art.
Admission to the concert is $10. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Idlewild office, 901/726-4681, or can be purchased at the door. For more information, call 901/726-4681.
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