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The Cecilia Chorus of New York Presents U.S. Premiere of Thierry Escaich’s...

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Church of the Holy Trinity

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Messe Romane, which had its premiere in 2014 at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, is by the contemporary French composer Thierry Escaich, who will be the featured composer in Radio France’s “Présences” Festival in February 2018. Escaich’s Mass is a masterpiece of subtly complex antiphonal writing for double chorus. Gounod wrote his Requiem in 1893 after the death of his 4 year-old grandson; the composer died while completing it, and the Requiem, succinct and forceful, became his own. With this performance, the chorus pays homage to Gounod’s 200th birthday. Opening the program is Cantique de Jean Racine (1865) by Gabriel Fauré, written when Fauré was still a student at the École Niedermeyer in Paris. Rounding out the concert is Dieu parmi nous (1935) by Olivier Messiaen, an exhilarating, deeply spiritual organ solo from La Nativité du Seigneur.

Composer, organist and improviser Escaich is one of today’s most important French musicians. In the direct lineage of Ravel, Messiaen and Dutilleux, Escaich writes expertly crafted music imbued with elements of contemporary, folk and sacred music. His works are performed by leading orchestras in Europe and North America. Visit him at http://www.escaich.org/en/. An interview with him is available at http://ceciliachorusny.org/updates-contact/2018/1/22/thierry-escaich-organist-composer-in-the-french-tradition.

Single tickets for the March 4 concert are $30 in advance, $25 for students and seniors, available at https://thececiliachorusny.squarespace.com/products/the-cecilia-chorus-presents-messe-romane-by-thierry-escaich-requiem-by-charles-gounod. Season subscriptions are also available.

For more information about this concert, visit http://ceciliachorusny.org/#/messeromanerequiem/ or call 646-638-2535. For MTA transportation information, visit http://tripplanner.mta.info/MyTrip/ui_web/customplanner/TripPlanner.aspx.

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