Tue Oct 1, 2013 8:00pm EDT —
Tue Oct 1, 2013 9:30pm EDT
A celebration of one of the towering figures of contemporary music—plus the premieres of two new Canadian works.
Arvo Pärt’s compositions are renowned world-wide for their ethereal beauty and profound spirituality. Two recent choral and orchestral masterpieces, both based on sacred texts, are at the centre of this concert: in 'Adam’s Lament', the first man’s grief at his expulsion from Paradise expands into a gorgeous meditation upon the sorrows of all humankind, while 'L’abbé Agathon' recounts the legend of a fourth-century hermit tested by an angel in disguise.
Pärt’s fellow Estonian and long-time collaborator Tõnu Kaljuste conducts Choir 21 and string orchestra in a program featuring soprano Shannon Mercer and world premieres of new works by James Rolfe and Riho Maimets.