Director Christine Gevert will be conducting a program entitled “Praise and Gratitude: Renaissance to Modern Choral Music” on Saturday at the Frist Congregational Church in Great Barrington, 4 pm. It will feature the Crescendo Chorus & Vocal Ensemble with soprano Alexandra Aubert, Berkshire Children’s Chorus, and Alturus Duo (an ensemble of Andean and contemporary music). The diverse vocal program includes work by Palestrina, Pachelbel, Telemann, Mendelssohn, Villa-Lobos, Gjeilo, Farias, and excerpts from Myers “Painting in Song: Vision of Norman Rockwell.” Alexandra Aubert was born in Bordeaux, France, but now lives in South America. A short video of her performing appears below.
Gevert, born in Hamburg, Germany, grew up in Santiago, Chile. She returned to Hamburg and Berlin for her education. Returning to Chile, she became the music director the English-speaking Santiago Community Church. As organist Gevert toured South America with the chamber choir Collegium Josquin, which preformed primarily Renaissance and Baroque music. In 2003 Gevert founded Crescendo in the Berkshires. The group has been touring the United States ever since. Gevert has also discovered previously unknown choral and musical works in both Germany and South America.
Crescendo won Chorus America’s 2014 Alice Parker/ASCAP Award.
Crescendo accomplishes its goal of innovative programming through emphasis on historically informed performances. This practice distinguishes Crescendo from many other concert choruses. The organization employs educational outreach to singers, audiences and students. Crescendo’s music programs are mostly produced by its own ensembles, the Crescendo Chorus, the Crescendo Vocal Ensemble, the Chamber Ensemble and the Crescendo Period Instrument Orchestra.
Tickets are $30, $10 youth. Tickets may be purchased online at http://worldclassmusic.org/