â€œEd has a real gift for choral sound,â€ said Knox College professor and choir director Laura Lane. â€œHis composition was written after the death of a family member and is based on the traditional Catholic Mass for the dead. It is beautiful and expressive, and it really resonates with the members of the choir.â€
The 50-voice choir also will perform two motets, â€œCantate Domino,â€ by Monteverdi, and â€œO Magnum Mysterium,â€ by Tomas Luis de Victoria; â€œAlelouya,â€ by the Haitian composer Emile Desamours; â€œSure on This Shining Night,â€ by Morten Lauridsen, featuring choir accompanist Amber Clark on piano; and â€œSugismaastikudâ€ (Autumn Landscapes), by the Estonian composer Veljo Tormis.
â€œâ€˜Sugismaastikudâ€™ is the largest work in the program,â€ Lane said. â€œEach of the six movements is an exquisite, magical word-painting that creates a miniature picture of one aspect of autumn.â€
The Knox Chamber Singers, directed by visiting music instructor and interim choir director Daniel McDavitt, will perform a cappella works by Arvo Part, Javier Busto, Josquin Desprez, David Wikander and Thomas Morley.