Joyce Keil, Artistic Director & Co-Founder; Kent Jue, Associate Artistic Director & Avanti Chorus Director; Jesse Buddington, Young Men's Ensemble Associate Director; Ihang Lin, accompanist; Othello Jefferson, accompanist
Ragazzi Boys Chorus presents In the Company of Angels, exploring the language and harmonies of our eternal search for spiritual wisdom. As intermediaries and guardian spirits, angels have inspired countless composers and poets, appearing widely across Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism, and Sikhism. Ragazzis selections include Heinrich Schützs rhythmic and textured 16th century masterpiece Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt. Americas rich Spiritual tradition is celebrated with Dillworths joyful arrangement of Shine on Me. Hymn to the Eternal Flame, by Stephen Paulus, soars beyond earthly constraints with a gorgeous soprano solo. Contemporary composer Eric Whitacres Sainte Chapelle weaves chant and poetry to recreate a mystical encounter between a young girl and angels in one of Frances most beautiful chapels. Instrumentalists will join vocalists in Haydns swirling and ecstatic Gloria from his Missa Cellensis. The concert will conclude with carols - and an invitation for the audience to join the boys in song.