#121 “Currents”

Concert first performed on July 26, 2020.

Symphonic hymns and airs resound with nature imagery in Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Symphonic Variations on an African Air, Dvořák’s In Nature’s Realm, and Sibelius’ Finlandia. MPO and One Voice Mixed Chorus celebrate contemporary composers with local history in works by Dessa and Jocelyn Hagen, Mari Ésabel Valverde, and Lee Hoiby.

Conducted by Brian Dowdy

Works Performed

  • Antonin Dvořák, Nature’s Realm
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Symphonic Variations on an African Air, Op. 63
  • Jean Sibelius, Finlandia
  • Mari Esabel Valverde, Cloths of Heaven with soloist One Voice Mixed Chorus
  • Dessa/Jocelyn Hagen, Controlled Burn with soloist One Voice Mixed Chorus
  • Lee Hoiby, Hymn to the New Age with soloist One Voice Mixed Chorus

Dates Performed

  • November 9, 2019

#117 Uncommon Voices

Concert first performed on November 3, 2018.

To begin the next 25 years of MPO history, we join forces with One Voice Mixed Chorus in a transcontinental program featuring Libby Larsen’s Fanfare for Humanity, Florence Price’s Symphony No. 1, and opera choruses by Verdi and Copland.

Conducted by Brian Dowdy

Works Performed

  • Libby Larsen, Fanfare for Humanity
  • Florence Price, Symphony No. 1 in e minor
  • Giuseppe Verdi, Overture to Nabucco
  • Giuseppe Verdi, “Va Pensiero” from Nabucco
  • Giuseppe Verdi, “Vedi! Le fosche” (Anvil Chorus) from Il trovatore
  • Aaron Copland, “The promise of living” from The Tender Land

Dates Performed

  • November 3, 2018

#71 Many Lives, One Song: Hope for a World Beyond AIDS

Concert first performed on December 5, 2008.

Conducted by Jane Ramseyer Miller and Joseph Schlefke

Works Performed

  • Beethoven, Ludwig, “Allegretto” from Symphony #7 in A Major
  • Corigliano, John, Voyage (1978) with soloist Hamsa Isels, flute
  • Mendelssohn, Felix, “Verleih uns Frieden (Da nobis pacem)”
  • Brahms, Johannes, Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungren from with One Voice Mixed Chorus
  • Gable, Christopher, By the Fireside – World Premiere, with One Voice Mixed Chorus
  • Vaughan Williams, “Toward the Unknown Region” with One Voice Mixed Chorus
  • Walker, Gwyneth, “How Can I Keep from Singing?” with One Voice Mixed Chorus

Dates Performed

  • December 5, 2008

#46 Lifting Spirits, Raising Voices – Joint Concert with OVMC

Concert first performed on January 24, 2004.

Conducted by Jane Ramseyer Miller

Works Performed

  • Faure, Gabriel, Requiem with One Voice Mixed Chorus
  • Mahler, Gustav, Song of the Wayfarer with soloist Christopher Faust, baritone
  • Hoiby, Lee, Hymn to the New Age with OVMC
  • Carnahan, Craig, Anthem, with OVMC – World Premiere with OVMC/li>

Dates Performed

  • January 24, 2004
  • January 25, 2004