SHOFAR: IN MEMORIAM
Shofar: In Memoriam Cancelled.
Read more at the Coro blog
"Deeply affecting. . .It is a work of dignified power" – Gramophone Magazine
Guest Artists: New England Classical Singers
ROBERT STERN, Shofar
Teresa Wakim, soprano
Jonas Budris, tenor
Aaron Engebreth, bass-baritone
David Kravitz, bass-baritone
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Five Mystical Songs
Ron Williams, baritone
JOHANNES BRAHMS, Nänie, Opus 82
In memory of beloved Boston artists Robert Stern, Sanford Sylvan, and Donald Wilkinson
In a time of broken covenants and division, we revisit a great American oratorio by Robert Stern, based on the ram’s horn of Jewish liturgy, whose calls "are a metaphor for our human experience—our hope of being whole and our fear of being shattered.” Join us as we remember old friends with music and texts of extraordinary beauty.
A program note from Artistic Director David Hodgkins for Coro Allegro's upcoming concert, Shofar: In Memoriam, in honor of Robert Stern, Sanford Sylvan, and Donald Wilkinson.
"A little over a year ago, the Boston area musical community lost three extraordinary musicians in rapid succession: composer Robert Stern, baritone Sanford Sylvan, and baritone Donald Wilkinson. For Coro Allegro, it lost three close members and friends of the LGBTQ+ community and frequent collaborators who, through multiple performances, recordings and commissions, became inextricably woven into the fabric of what has become Coro Allegro." Read more at the Coro Blog.
Coro Allegro is auctioning "Shofar," a painting by artist Susan Pepper Aisenberg, the generous gift of Catherine Madsen, the librettist of Robert Stern's oratorio Shofar. Proceeds will support our upcoming concert Shofar: In Memoriam. Read more of the story of memorable painting.
The chorus reflects on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Robert Stern's Shofar, the broken covenants and resurgent anti Semitism of our own time, and the urgency of raising our voices. Read more at the Coro Blog.