Witness American composer Dan Forrest’s breathtaking LUX: The Dawn From On High, conducted by M. Dee Wilkins, as well as performances from the National Festival Chorus in the historic surrounds of Carnegie Hall.
LUX: The Dawn From On High is Dan Forrest’s third major work for chorus and orchestra. This five-movement work explores various facets of lux (Latin for “light”), in texts ranging from ancient liturgical chant to Scripture to modern secular love poetry. The music of LUX, was inspired visually by the light in the Reims Cathedral in France and at the Poulnabrone Dolmen in Ireland; and musically by a variety of musical sources from ancient chant to modern minimalist composers. The title invokes the dual meaning of the text of the first movement, where the light of dawn gradually ascends into the sky, yet the Light of the world descends from the sky- a “Dawn from on High”.
Under the batons of esteemed guest conductors Catherine Sailer, Jefferson Johnson, and Christopher Maunu, choirs from across the United States join together to perform selection of choral works including Mendelssohn’s “Verleigh Uns Frieden”, MacMillan’s “O Radiant Dawn”, Mozart’s “Regina Coeli”, Ticheli’s “Earth Song”, and more.
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