One of its most successful seasons yet, Kantorei recently wrapped up its 2009-2010 concert season by bringing internationally acclaimed conductor Simon Carrington to the Denver arts community. Most recently the professor of choral conducting at Yale University, Carrington is best known for co-founding the renowned British vocal ensemble The King’s Singers. Carrington joined Kantorei for an evening of choral music from several British composers including William Byrd, Henry Purcell, and Benjamin Britten. Britten’s rarely-performed A.M.D.G. (Ad majorem Dei gloriam), a setting of seven texts by English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, highlighted the selections under Carrington’s direction.
“Under his baton, a pair of William Byrd pieces illuminated the smooth, warmly resonant tone of the choir’s well-blended voices.”
-Sabine Kortals, Denver Post
Also featured in the concert was the world-premier performance of Lost in the Loving, Floating Ocean of Thee, the latest work from Kantorei’s own Timothy Tharaldson. The piece was very well-received by our audiences and was featured heavily in the review, in which Kortals writes, “…Tharaldson expertly employs the rich sound of the 52-voice choir to communicate a poignant serenade to a merciful Death.”
Read the full review online at The Denver Post – “Kantorei’s voices bring hymn to death sweet poignancy.” To read more about the concert from The Denver Post, click here.