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Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:00 PM
Monday, October 13, 2014, 7:30 PM

Magnificat - J. S. Bach
Requiem for the Living - Dan Forrest

Christ United Methodist Church
410 N Holden Rd, Greensboro (Map)

Johann Sebastian Bach’s setting of the Magnificat (BWV 243) is not only a brilliant example of Bach’s compositional style, but also represents the pinnacle of Baroque musical architecture. The famous Magnificat is paired with a relatively new composition, Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living. Bel Canto Company had the pleasure of premiering the chamber version of the Requiem in August of 2013, and since then the work has gained national prominence and is rapidly taking its place in the choral canon. Although composed nearly 300 years apart, a theme of light, love and faith pervades these works, from Bach’s depiction of Mary’s exultation at the news of her pregnancy to the solemn sentiment and hope for the future expressed in this reimagining of the traditional Requiem.

Special Guests: Robert B. Glenn High School Chamber Singers, directed by Carol Earnhardt and Alex Kotis, boy soprano

Bel Canto Company performs Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living in August 2013.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 8:00 PM
Monday, December 15, 2014, 7:30 PM

Gift of the Magi

Friday: Main Street United Methodist Church
306 S Main St, Kernersville, NC 27284 (Map)

Saturday & Monday: Christ United Methodist Church
410 N Holden Rd, Greensboro (Map)

“One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty- seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas . . .”

-from The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

This season we celebrate the spirits of joy, generosity and selflessness that make the holidays our favorite time of year. Join Bel Canto Company for an evening of song including Kirk Mechem’s Seven Joys of Christmas, Elizabeth Poston’s Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, Alfred Burt’s Caroling, Caroling and We'll Dress The House, Dan Forrest’s O Come All Ye Faithful, Paul Mealor’s A Spotless Rose, and arrangements of your favorite holiday tunes, all woven together by readings from O. Henry’s timeless story of selfless giving, The Gift of the Magi.

Special Guests: Greensboro Youth Chorus directed by Ann Doyle

And thank you to our Gift of the Magi sponsors:
Well Spring O. Henry Hotel Proximity Hotel

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8:00 PM
Monday, April 20, 2015, 7:30 PM

From Darkness to Light

Christ United Methodist Church
410 N Holden Rd, Greensboro (Map)

From Darkness to Light continues the theme introduced in the first concert, the “eternal” light that tightly binds birth to death and rebirth. Night to Day, Darkness to Light, Death to Life, Bel Canto explores the Yin-Yang of these opposite forces that are complementary and interconnected in works with celestial and earthly images such as James MacMillan's Data est mihi omnis (motet for ascension day), Daniel Elder's In Your Light, Eriks Esenvalds' Northern Lights, Shawn Kirchner's Bright Morning Stars Are Rising, Ysaye Barnwell's The Spiritual (Cain't No On Know) and movements from Sergei Rachmaninoff's The All-Night Vigil.

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