Join the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus for the opening of Barnes’ 31st year and another season of inspired choral music. Bob Chilcott’s piece Swimming Over London inspires the theme, which is designed to suit the concert’s venue. Now an African American masonic lodge, Masonic Prince Hall Grand originally housed a swimming pool! In addition to Chilcott’s piece, the repertoire explores the motif of water in legends of submerged cities (Brahms and Edgar Bainton), to music that evokes lakes and rivers in England, Scotland and Poland in part songs celebrating the Thames (Arthur Bliss), Loch Lomond (Vaughan Williams), and the Vistula (Henryk Górecki).
The concert culminates in another extraordinary commission from composer Melissa Dunphy. In “Waves of Gallipoli,” Dunphy’s libretto imagines not only the waves of the Aegean lapping the Dardanelles, but also the waves of young soldiers mown down by Turkish machine guns as they tried to gain a foothold on the Gallipoli peninsula in WWI.