Williams Concert Choir
The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Concert Choir on Friday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m. in Thompson Memorial Chapel on the Williams campus. This free event is open to the public.
The choir performs performs Rejoice in the Lamb by Benjamin Britten and two works by Maurice Duruflé: Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens featuring soprano Elaina Pullano ‘15, and the Requiem.
Duruflé’s Requiem was commissioned in 1947. This version of the work is for choir and organ. The organist is Edwin Lawrence, who is the artist associate in harpsichord, piano, and organ at the college. The soloists are Richard De Veaux, baritone; Jennifer Helinek ’15, mezzo soprano; and David Kealhofer ’13, cello. Duruflé was very interested in Gregorian chant, and this influence can be heard throughout the piece.
Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb or Festival Cantata, stems from the same period, composed in 1943. It is a cantata for four soloists: Abigail Adams ’14, soprano; Marni Jacobs ’12, alto; John Maher ’12, tenor; and Kerry Goettlich ’14, bass. Based on a poem by Christopher Smart (1722-1771) titled, Jubilate Agno, it is a work of a fervently religious man, who is remembered for his madness and his verse.