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Yale Choral Artists and New Haven Symphony Orchestra perform Pärt and Britten Oct. 24

Concert will be conducted by Jeffrey Douma, will also feature organist Thomas Murray
October 17, 2014
Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt

The Yale School of Music presents a concert by the Yale Choral Artists and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm.

The concert brings together music of Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) and Benjamin Britten (1913–1976). Jeffrey Douma, the director of the Yale Choral Artists, will conduct. The musicians also include organist Thomas Murray.

The program features Arvo Pärt’s Berliner Messe and Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten, together with Britten’s Missa Brevis and other beloved choral works by the two composers. 

Pärt greatly admired Britten, describing his works as displaying an “unusual purity” that he sought in his own music.

The concert takes place at 7:30 pm in Woolsey Hall, located at 500 College Street (corner of Grove Street), New Haven. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

About the Performers

Yale Choral Artists

Yale Choral Artists

Jeffrey Douma has appeared as guest conductor throughout the world with ensembles including the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Daejeon Philharmonic Choir, Symphony Choir of Johannesburg, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and Buenos Aires Philharmonic; and he has prepared choruses for such renowned conductors as Valery Gergiev, William Christie, Sir David Willcocks, Sir Neville Marriner, Krzysztof Penderecki, Nicholas McGegan, and Helmuth Rilling. Douma is a member of the choral conducting faculty at Yale, where he is also the director of the Yale Glee Club and Yale Choral Artists. He is currently artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut. An advocate of new music, he has premiered new works by such composers as Bright Sheng, Ned Rorem, and Dominick Argento, and serves as editor of the Yale Glee Club New Classics Choral Series, published by Boosey & Hawkes. His original compositions are published by G. Schirmer. Professor Douma earned a B.M. degree from Concordia College and holds both M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in conducting from the University of Michigan. FACULTY PROFILE

The Yale Choral Artists is a professional choir organized by the Yale School of Music and the Yale Glee Club to enhance and enrich Yale’s strong commitment to the choral arts. The choir is a project-based ensemble comprised of leading singers from around the country and is directed by School of Music faculty member Jeffrey Douma. Current members of Choral Artists perform in the ranks of such acclaimed ensembles as the Trinity Wall Street Choir, the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus, Musica Sacra, the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Conspirare, and many others, and are also leading concert soloists, particularly in early music. The Yale Choral Artists made their debut in an all-Handel program led by guest conductor William Christie at Yale and at Carnegie Hall in February of 2012. The Choral Artists have since performed at the first Yale International Choral Festival, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and with the renowned Mark Morris Dance Group. MORE INFO

Now in its 121st year of operation, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra continues to fulfill its mission of increasing the impact and value of orchestral music for its audiences through high quality, affordable performances and educational programming. In 2007, William Boughton became the tenth Music Director and Principal Conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Under his leadership and that of Executive Director Elaine Carroll, programs have expanded both geographically and musically, with concerts being performed in new venues, and new partnerships offering opportunities to share the NHSO’s high musical standards with audiences throughout Connecticut. WEBSITE

Note: an earlier version of this post listed the venue incorrectly. The concert takes place in Woolsey Hall.