Falmouth Chorale John Verkuilen

Guest conductor John Verkuilen will lead the Falmouth Chorale in “The Day is Far Behind You” on March 21 and 22 at Falmouth Academy.

This event has been cancelled.

Falmouth Chorale will present a musical journey with “The Day is Far Behind You,” on Saturday, March 21, at 4 PM and Sunday, March 22, at 3 PM at Falmouth Academy’s Simon Center for the Arts.

The concert, under the direction of guest conductor John Verkuilen, will showcase Kim André Andresen’s “Magnificat” and includes music by Beethoven, Bruckner, Holst, and Lauridsen. Acclaimed soprano Sara Lucille Law will join the chorale as soloist.

The Falmouth Chorale has brought masterpieces of choral music to the upper Cape community for 56 years. John Verkuilen, one of three guest conductors for the chorale this season, has chosen fresh, powerful music for this concert.

With “The Day is Far Behind You,” Mr. Verkuilen has drawn from the broad history of choral music to illustrate milestones in life’s journey. “Os Justi” (the mouth of the righteous) is a majestic work by Anton Bruckner that incorporates Renaissance composing styles; Beethoven’s moving “Elegischer Gesang” (Elegy in song), was dedicated to a friend who died at an early age; and the soaring “O Magnum Mysterium” (Oh great mystery) by contemporary composer Martin Lauridsen will lift the spirit. Works by Casals, Elder, Vaughan Williams, and Holst round out the program.

“Magnificat” by Norwegian Kim André Arnesen is the centerpiece of the program. Mr. Arnesen has noted that he sees the story of the Magnificat as offering support and hope for all people struggling against adversity or in need of strength.

Tickets are available at www.falmouthchorale.org or 774-392-2383. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Student tickets are $5.

Advance tickets paid by cash or check are also available from members of the chorale and at Eight Cousins Books in Falmouth, Uncle Bill’s Country Store in North Falmouth, Market Street Bookshop in Mashpee Commons and Titcomb’s Book Shop in East Sandwich.

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