Music Review: Choral Artists Get Adventurous In Spiritual Music Concert

The concert presented by Choral Artists of Sarasota at Church of the Redeemer Sunday afternoon provided additional proof, if that were required, that our town is becoming a notable center for expert and adventurous choral music.

The capacity audience provided vociferous support as the chorus, directed by Artistic Director Joseph Holt, and a choice group of singers and instrumental accompanists delivered a torrent of colorful backup and rhythm, exploring the links between various faiths, focusing on music that emerged from three Abrahamic religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

Leading off with an energetic rendering of “Thine is the Glory,” one of Handel’s most familiar anthems, and moving on through the monuments of each religion’s liturgy, including the Muslim “Priere” (Prayer) and the Hebrew “T’filah” (a prayer for the State of Israel) the first part of the concert built to a triumphant presentation of “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” which employed both the original version of the melody and that which has become more familiar in our time, an arrangement that brought forth boisterous applause and shouted cheers.

 

 

Richard Storm

 

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