The 36th Annual Memorial Vespers is held Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 4:00 P.M. in the Sanctuary of Saint Peter's Church.
This year’s Vespers will focus on two British composers from the early part of the 20th century, Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. Holst, mostly remembered for his epic orchestral work "The Planets," was also a prolific composer of choral works. His setting of Whitman’s “Ode to Death” demonstrates his extraordinary sense of modern orchestral sonorities and imaginative harmonic and rhythmic musical language.
The works by Vaughan Williams are gems of the late Romantic period, with lush orchestral sonorities, gorgeous harmonies and sweeping orchestral climaxes.
Gustav Holst: Ode to Death (on a poem by Walt Whitman)
Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region (on a poem by Walt Whitman)
Gustav Holst: Hymn to Manas from Hymns from the Rig Veda (Invocation to the spirit of a dying man)
Vaughan Williams: Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains (A pastoral Scene from the Pilgrim’s Progress)