Lauren Peithmann will conduct Oratorio Choir March 17 at Tower Hill.
RED BANK, NJ – Choral works by two renowned 20th century British composers are featured in a concert by the Oratorio Choir to be held March 17 at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank (Tower Hill),
The Britten work, commissioned in 1943, is a cantata for choir and soloists with organ accompaniment. “Rejoice in the Lamb” is based on the poem “Jubilate Agno” by Christopher Smart, an 18th century poet who wrote this text while interned in an asylum. The exuberant poem is brought to life by Britten in rollicking rhythmic sections contrasted with quiet moments of reflection and peace.
A string ensemble will accompany Vaughan Williams’ cantata “Dona Nobis Pacem” (“give us peace”), which was written in 1936 with World War II on the horizon. For the text of the cantata the composer chose passages from Walt Whitman, the Bible, the traditional Mass, and a political speech. The cantata petitions God to bring peace to a war-torn world.
Lauren Peithmann began her choral career at
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Adam Peithmann is in charge of a music program that includes two traditional worship services and a contemporary service; an adult choir; graded children’s choirs; four choirs of English handbells, and the Tower Hill Concert series. He earned a bachelor of music degree in organ performance from Eastman School of Music,
This concert is an event of the Tower Hill Concert Series. It is presented free of charge. The voluntary offering for this concert benefits the church’s mission programs, including storm recovery assistance. The church is handicapped-accessible.