2019-2020 Season | 35th Anniversary
EMMET CAHILL: CHRISTMAS IN IRELAND
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019 AT 7:00PM
Celebrate the magic of Christmas this year with Ireland's most exciting young tenor, Emmet Cahill. Having recently made his sold-out debut at New York's Carnegie Hall, Emmet has quickly become a sought-after performer, bringing his vocal talents to over 60 cities across America this year alone. Emmet's Christmas in Ireland concert will comprise of many of your beloved Christmas carols, classic Irish songs and much more. He'll be inviting you to sing along as we celebrate the wonder of Christmas together through music. From O Holy Night to Danny Boy, this evening is sure to be a concert for everyone to enjoy.
THE WESTMINSTER CHOIR
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2020 AT 4:00PM
Setting the standard for choral excellence for 99 years, The Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey. Praised by The New York Times for its “full-bodied, incisive singing,” the Westminster Choir has performed and recorded with the leading conductors and orchestras of our time, including this season's performances of Handel’s Messiah with The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Recent seasons have included performances of Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize winning Anthracite Fields at the historic Roebling WireWorks as part of Westminster’s Transforming Space project, a concert tour of Spain and performances at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona.
SACRA/PROFANA: LOOKING UP
SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020 AT 4:00PM
The night skies have fascinated poets, thinkers, painters and musicians since the dawn of time. In this program SACRA/PROFANA will present some of the finest choral music on the topic of stars, night time, and celestial bodies with an emphasis on recently composed music. The group will put their stamp on modern masters such as Morten Lauridsen, René Clausen and Frank Tichelli, as well rising stars of choral music such as Erik Esenvalds and Sara Rimkus. Conductor Juan Carols Acosta said, "We are absolutely thrilled to be making our debut on the St. James Music Series. The setting is ideal and we think that the audience will appreciate our approach to this stunning music."
CHANTICLEER: TRADE WINDS
SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2020 AT 4:00PM
Sultry and seductive, guiding us to exotic places, the Trade Winds have always been a part of the world’s history, urging explorers on. Gentle winds accompany the folkloric beauties of music from Pacific Islands such as Hawaii, Samoa and New Zealand, Robust and carefree music old and new comes from the seafaring peoples of Europe. We revisit the attachment to China we owe to composer Chen Yi, with a brand new work by Zhou Tian, setting Chinese poetry and John Masefield’s poem. Chanticleer’s foundational repertoire of early music will be handsomely represented by music of the sea and the spheres by Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Victoria, and, for the first time, Portuguese composer Filipe de Magalhães.