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New American Masterwork: Carnegie Hall Premiere Conducted By Composer Michael John Trotta
Seven Last Words – New England Symphonic Ensemble
Carnegie Hall – Saturday May 27, 8pm
New York, NY – A magnificent example of an original compositional voice that acknowledges and includes tradition, Michael John Trotta’s Seven Last Words transcends the boundaries of genre and conveys a powerful and emotive drama.
Seven Last Words, is a seven-movement choral journey through the Passion, which delivers a powerful and captivating story encompassing a breathtaking palette of emotion, from intimate tenderness to majestic triumph. This powerfully emotive work is a rare gem, a neo-traditional masterpiece that delivers a compelling story while distilling the most intimate and universal moments of human emotion
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Features masterworks by Haydn, Faure, and introduces a new American masterwork from New York City composer Michael John Trotta.
Features the New England Symphonic Ensemble, Susanne Burgess, Soprano; Kenneth Overton, Baritone conducted by the composer Michael John Trotta.
Choirs from around the country will travel to New York on Memorial Day Weekend to take part in this historic event. Participating Choruses:
Indiana Purdue University Choir, Fort Wayne, IN; Vaughn Roste, director - Central Regional High School Choir, Bayville, NJ; Beth Moore, director - Centenary United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, Winston-Salem, NC; Robert Frazier, director - Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir, Greenville, SC; Mark Kemp, director
Additional program includes masterworks by Faure and Haydn featuring: Rodney H. Caldwell, and Rodney Wynkoop, Conductors; Eilana Lappalainen, Soprano; Catherine Daniel, Mezzo-Soprano; Ben Gulley, Tenor; Matthew Anchel, Bass in.
Haunting and evocative, the work displays a superb sense of form and architecture, poignantly. From the tender mercy of “Father, Forgive Them” (1) to the hopefulness of the promise of “Today You Will Be With Me” (2), the work unfolds to reveal a complex tapestry of states of emotion. It builds from the com- passion of “Behold, Your Son” (3) and the yearning of “I Thirst” (4), to the despair of “My God Why Have You Abandoned Me?” (5), the acceptance of “Into Your Hands I Surrender” (6), and nally the resignation of “It is Finished” (7). This setting uses various interpolations of biblical and liturgical texts (e.g. Kyrie, “Truly This Man Was the Son of God,” “All of the Gates Were Opened Wide”) as commentary on, and in dialogue with, the words of Christ, further expanding the story and the reaction of those witness to the Passion. A landmark in its genre, this English setting from an American composer introduces Trotta’s presence as a masterful, sensitive, and expressive composer.
SEVEN LAST WORDS – NEW ENGLAND SYMPHONIC ENSEMBLE
CARNEGIE HALL – Saturday May 27, 8PM
Tickets: $50/$75/$125 | carnegiehall.org | 212-247-7800 | at the Carnegie Hall Box Office