THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, THE JAMES RIVER SINGERS
HAS HAD THE PLEASURE TO PRESENT A VARIETY OF CHORAL PIECES
TO THE GREATER RICHMOND COMMUNITY.
HERE IS A SAMPLING OF WORKS FROM PAST CONCERTS.
The French Connection
James River Singers presents an exciting concert celebrating all things French. We also bid adieu to our Artistic Director of many seasons and founder of James River Singers, Dr. Jeffrey Riehl.
This performance features Maurice Duruflé, Requiem. Included in our program are works by Francis Poulenc, Un soir de neige; Henk Badings, Trois chansons bretonnes; and Lili Boulanger, Psaume 24.
A Choral Bestiary... Music Celebrating the Animal Kingdom
James River Singers presents a concert celebrating the animal kingdom, featuring sixteenth century madrigals about animals. A bestiary is a catalog of beasts made popular in the Middle Ages in illustrated volumes that described various animals, birds and even rocks. Bestiaries were second only to the Bible in their popularity and wide distribution during the Middle Ages. The natural history and illustration of each beast was usually accompanied by a moral lesson, which reflected the belief that the world itself was the Word of God, and that every living thing had its own special meaning. The program will include such works as A Medieval Bestiary by R. Murray Schafer and The Unicorn, The Gorgon, and The Manticore by Gian Carlo Menotti.
Handel with Care: A Young German Virtuoso in Italy
James River Singers, Richmond’s premiere chamber choir, proudly presents its fall concert Handel with Care: A Young German Virtuoso in Italy on Saturday November 21st and Sunday November 22nd. This performance features two of G.F. Handel’s virtuosic pieces, Nisi Dominus and Dixit Dominus, as well as other works by Italians who influenced him, such as Antonio Lotti. By undertaking two of Handel’s virtuosic pieces, JRS brings to the Richmond community works rarely performed here with the wonderful addition of a 13 player Baroque orchestra.
Sacred and Secular...and In-Between
Our musical offering explores music from both sacred and secular poles, and also the music that lives between them. Please enjoy these selections: O God, thou art my God Henry Purcell; Jesu, meine Freude Johann Sebastian Bach; Chansons francaises Francis Poulenc; The Blue Bird Charles Villiers Stanford; Two Unaccompanied part Songs Frederick Delius; Two Selections from Frostiana (Robert Frost): The Road Not Taken; Choose Something Like a Star Randall Thompson; Quick! We Have But a Second Charles Villiers Stanford (arr.).
Words and Music
Join us and our guest conductor, Christopher Lindbloom, as we explore a wide variety of texts set to an equally wide variety of musical settings, spanning two and one half centuries and an equally wide spectrum of musial styles and contexts. Please enjoy such pieces as: Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal F.R. Warren (from Southern Harmony); O Sing Unto the Lord a New Song The Book of Psalms; From Mass in Time of War Franz Joseph Haydn; Neue Liebeslieder Johannes Brahms; Blue Moon Richard Rodgers; 'S Wonderful George and Ira Gershwin; and In the Mood Joe Garland, Arr. Peter Gritton.
Night and Day
Please join the James River Singers as we take you from Night to Day. Our program includes such pieces as: J. S. Bach's Singet dem Herrn, BWV 225, Johannes Brahms' O schöne Nacht, Op. 92, No. 1, William Bradley Roberts' I Am in Need of Music, Eric Whitacre's i thank You God for most this amazing day, From the“ American Songbook”: “Fats” Waller & Harry Brooks, arr. Peter Gritton Ain’t Misbehavin’, Cole Porter, arr. Andrew Carter: Night and Day andBegin the Beguine, Porter, arr. David Blackwell: Let’s Do It, and Jerome Kern, arr. Ralph Hunter: All the Things You Are.
From the Baltic Sea
Please join us this evening for a musical magic carpet ride to the captivating countries of the Baltic. Tonight, we present for our beginning performance, Totus tuus by Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, whose works are often referred to as "holy minimalisms"; and Arvo Part's Berliner Messe. James River Singers is honored to premiere for the second half of our performance, I Am in Need of Music by William Bradley Roberts. JRS dedicates this work to the memory of Sharon Peebles Manson, who lost her battle with cancer in March. Sharon was unfailingly dedicated to JRS as a singer, board member, and long-time president. Our inspirational evening ends with works such asAll-Night Vigil by Sergei Rachmaninov; Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae by Jaako Mantyjarvi; andVeniki by Feodosy Rubtsov.