Central Florida Composers Forum presents free concert of contemporary sacred music

Posted By  on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 12:33 pm


Central Florida Composers Forum, a local nexus of adventurous new classical, partners with downtown’s Cathedral Church of St. Luke Sunday to present a program of newly composed music for a variety of faith traditions called Sacred Sounds.

Composer, CF2 member and host of modern classical radio show “Zero Crossing” on WPRK Charlie Griffin says, “This represents a sort of pilot project between our two organizations. If this is successful, we will do a grander version of this in the future, perhaps on a regular basis.”

The concert is 2 p.m. Sunday. Choir performers include the Cathedral Choir and Orlando Deanery Boychoir and Girls Choir of the Cathedral Church of St Luke; featured musicians include organist Ben Lane, trumpeter Benoit Glazer and many more; composers include Ben Lane, Charles Griffin, Stan Cording, Keith Lay, Carl Maultsby, Glenn Osbourne and Benoit Glazer.

Carl Maultsby’s “I Hear Music in the Air” for children’s choir and organ is based upon and evokes the rich history of U.S. slave spirituals, while Keith Lay’s “Wonderous Love” is a beautiful arrangement of an early 19th-century American folk hymn that recalls another side of our American past.

Benjamin Lane’s epic and joyful “Te Deum” for choir, organ and brass quintet, Michael Miller and Benjamin Lane’s collaborative “Let the People Praise You” for choir, organ, and brass quintet, and Stan Cording’s celebratory “Praise Ye the Lord” for choir and organ all evoke the celebratory and triumphal side of much sacred music, while Glenn Osbourne’s chromatic “God, Your Golden Doorway Beckons” for children’s choir and piano highlights a more reflective side of the sacred.

Charles Griffin has two works on the program, a gut-wrenching setting of Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Pieta” for solo mezzo soprano, cello and organ, and “Out of nothingness,” for choir, organ and percussion, which weaves together fragments of poetic texts by various Sufi mystics and evokes non-Western spiritual dance traditions that rely on trance states.

Benoit Glazer’s “Into the Light (Prelude and Fugue in C minor)” for trumpet and organ was written specifically for this concert and marries elements of the improvisatory spirit of jazz with the rigor of baroque counterpoint as found in the work of the Baroque master of church music, J.S. Bach.

2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25
Cathedral Church of St. Luke
130 N. Magnolia Ave., Orlando 32801
Admission is free

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