AMERICAN CHORAL PREMIERES: FRENCH; WILLIAM FERRIS CHORALE
American Choral Premieres
Blackwood: A King James Magnificat
Cohen, Egon: Stabat Mater
Ferris: Lyrica Sacra
French, P: Who am I?
Hovhaness: Four Motets, Op. 268
Nicholson, P: Velum témpli
Rochberg: Behold, My Servant
White, W: Nunc Dimittis
William Ferris Chorale, Paul French
A Chicago musical landmark since 1971, the William Ferris Chorale is known for its 'warm yet full-bodied choral tone and articulate, unaffected expressive gestures' (ClassicsToday.com) and 'knack for unearthing interesting, seldom-heard music' (Chicago Tribune).
American Choral Premieres is the latest testament to the choir’s mission and stellar reputation.
With its music director and conductor Paul French, the mid-size, mixed-voice ensemble performs world-premiere recordings of sacred and spiritual pieces by nine recent and contemporary composers.