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Collegium Westchester Concert in Ossining

Collegium Westchester Chorus and Orchestra will present its final concert of the season on June 9.

Collegium Westchester Chorus and Orchestra will present its final concert of the season on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 8 pm, on the evening of the Ossining Village Fair, at the (34 South Highland Avenue, on Route 9 opposite Ossining High School). Come to the fair, have dinner in town, and stay for the concert! The program consists of Mendelssohn's Tu es Petrus, Brahms' Symphony

No. 3, and excerpts from Peter Lieberson's The World in Flower. Admission is free, although donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, please call 914-282-8611 or visit www.collegiumwestchester.org. This event is made possible in part by the Arts Alive program of ArtsWestchester, with funding from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Previous concerts of the season explored “19th Century Titans” and “18th and 20th Century Titans,” while this concert explores "Bridges Between Centuries". It will feature music in which masters of a given century look backward or forward to ideas of past or future centuries. The two 19th century pieces on the program look back to earlier times: Mendelssohn's Tu es Petrus, which looks back to Renaissance counterpoint of the 16th century, and Brahms' Third Symphony, which looks back to Baroque and Classical structural ideals of the 18th century. The program will also include the first performance of selections of the late Peter Lieberson's The World in Flower since the work's 2009 New York Philharmonic premiere. The World in Flower looks both backwards in time to a more understandable tonal language, and forwards in time toward a universal understanding between people of different cultural backgrounds.

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Lieberson based the work on texts about love from an unusually diverse collection of sources: the Inuit poet Uvavnuk, the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, and the medieval French Christian author Marguerite Porete, as well as prayers of the Navajo. Collegium Westchester Chorus and Orchestra is modeled on the 17th century Collegium Musicum in that it combines active professional and accomplished avocational musicians into one ensemble, but it performs music from the 17th century to the present. Its instrumentalists and singers are drawn from Westchester County and elsewhere in the New York City metropolitan area, and include participants with leading orchestras and choruses in New York and throughout the world. Its music director, Westchester resident Eric Kramer, has worked as a conductor in Europe and the US, with groups including the Berlin Sinfonietta, Opéra National de Lyon, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and Bronx Opera. One additional note of interest regarding this concert is the fact that Collegium Westchester's conductor Eric Kramer was himself a composition student of Peter Lieberson. Further information and updates will be posted at www.collegiumwestchester.org, and can also be obtained by calling 914-282-8611. These concerts are made possible in part by the Arts Alive program of ArtsWestchester, with funding from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.

The preceding announcement was from Collegium Westchester Chorus and Orchestra.

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