When:
October 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
2018-10-16T20:00:00-04:00
2018-10-16T20:15:00-04:00
Where:
Duke Chapel
Duke Chapel
401 Chapel Dr, Durham, NC 27705
USA
Contact:
Duke Performances
919-684-4444

Founded in 1932, the Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir is the oldest and largest children’s concert choir in the Czech Republic. This award-winning ensemble has been a staple of Czech radio broadcasts, orchestral performances, and opera and theatre productions for close to a century. Like the Latvian Radio Choir (coming to Duke Chapel on November 15), the Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir is a beloved choral institution in the Central and Eastern European tradition and one of its country’s most prized cultural exports.

In the soaring and contemplative space of Duke Chapel, the forty-five member ensemble — selected from the 900 children in the choir’s training program — sings a program of sacred music from the renaissance to the present. The concert includes Victoria’s intricate polyphonic rendering of a plainchant Ave Maria, and continues in a Marian vein with Czech composer Jan Novák’s Ave Maria; Schubert’s Salve Regina; Carl Maria von Weber’s Maria Wiegenlied; and Ivan Kurz’s Maria, Mater Nostra. Among the living Czech composers on the program is Slavomír Hořínka, whose Laudate Dominum is beautifully evocative of ancient liturgical chant.

Program

  • Jacob Handl Gallus: Pueri Concinite
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria: Ave Maria
  • Ivan Kurz: Maria, Mater Nostra (Precatio)
  • Slavomír Hořínka: Laudate Dominum
  • Franz Schubert: Salve Regina
  • Leonard Bernstein: Gloria Tibi
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Veni Domine
  • Jan Novák: Gloria and Ave Maria
  • Benjamin Britten: This Little Babe, Balulalow, and Deo Gratias from A Ceremony of Carols
  • Randall Thompson: Alleluia
  • Carl Maria von Weber: Maria Wiegenlied
  • Arvo Pärt: Peace Be Upon You, Jerusalem and Zwei Beter