The Chorale explores emotional music written in response to times of strife. This program features Henryk Górecki’s Miserere, a 35-minute a cappella work dedicated to those who suffered from political oppression in 1980s Poland. NPR called the work “an a cappella oasis of calm.” The Chorale also performs works by Eliza Gilkyson, Dominick DiOrio, Gunnar Eriksson and more.
The Chorale presents two of the most iconic masterworks for choir and organ: Maurice Duruflé’s monumental Requiem, Op. 9, and Morten Lauriden’s gorgeous Lux Aeterna. For the Requiem, which is based on Gregorian chant themes, the Chorale features vocal soloists and cello and organ accompaniment. Lux Aeterna, for choir and organ, premiered in Portland 20 years ago. Both works include renowned organist Dan Miller.