Music, Gettysburg! Presents Double Choir Concert of Psalms, Praetorius and Schütz

Written by jspangler on April 17, 2017

Schola Cantorum and Mount St. Mary’s Chorale in Concert Sunday, April 23 at 3pm  

Music, Gettysburg! is pleased to present the premiere of Stephen Folkemer’s composed Psalm settings, with more than 40 voices in double choir, soloists, strings, brass and organ at 3PM Sunday, April 23rd in the Gettysburg Seminary Chapel.

And since one choir will not be adequate to the performance of these complex works, two choirs, the Schola Cantorum and Mount St. Mary’s Chorale, have been rehearsing for months and joining voices for this concert. Two early works by Michael Praetorius and Heinrich Schütz round out the rich tapestry of the concert.

The concert will feature the 25 voice Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg, which sings under the direction of its founder, Dr. Stephen Folkemer, featuring voices from Central Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.  Known for its choral vespers performances, the Schola specializes in early music, but sings the music of five or more centuries in its concerts with Boston Shawm & Sackbut Ensemble, the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, and other memorable Music, Gettysburg! events. The concert will include solos by Margaret Folkemer, soprano, Beth Folkemer, alto, Ian Carmack and Andrew Rosenfeld, tenors, and baritone Mark Oldenburg.

The Mount St. Mary Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Andrew Rosenfeld, is the college’s concert choir, consisting of students auditioned to perform a wide variety of sacred and secular repertoire.  In addition to performing for local and regional audiences, the Chorale has performed in concert venues in Montreal, New York, Atlanta, Charleston, Madrid, and Granada. Starting in 2014, the Chorale has been proud to call The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Maryland its “home” performance venue.

All of the psalms set to compositions by Folkemer feature the translations of the Rev. Dr. Brooks Schramm, Kraft Professor of Biblical Studies at Gettysburg Seminary. Schramm will make comment for the concert assembly on the translations in the collaboration.

“It is a rare honor and opportunity to write for such talented singers and instrumentalists!” said composer Folkemer. “They enable me to write what I feel in my heart knowing that the performers are up to the challenge of bringing this new music to life. And, Dr. Brooks Schramm’s literal, strong and emotionally moving translations of these ancient expressions of faith provide a wealth of inspiration.”

Come enjoy this concert of psalms and more in this 3pm Sunday afternoon concert which is free and open to the public.  The Seminary Chapel is located at 147 Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg. For more information about this and other concerts remaining in the Music, Gettysburg! schedule, please call 717-338-3000 ext 2197 or visit the web site at www.musicgettysburg.org .

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