Lux in Tenebris

sunday, October 22, 2017 at 3:00 PM

All Saints Parish
1773 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02445

Colin Lynch, conductor

As the autumnal days shorten and the darkness of winter approaches, Colin Lynch conducts The Boston Cecilia in a concert celebrating the radiant beauty of light, a symbol of hope in time of gloom.

Our program begins with choral works spanning five centuries by composers and poets who have drawn inspiration from light, particularly as seen in planets, stars, and celestial illumination. We will explore diverse musical styles, from Purcell’s early verse anthem setting of Psalm 8 to Ešenvald’s setting of a Sara Teasdale poem, scored for choir and tuned water goblets. Anchoring our program is the Boston premiere of Luminosity, a seven-movement multimedia work by James Whitbourn, which sets texts by visionaries, mystics, and prophets. This innovative work employs a diverse instrumentation and will be accompanied by lighting effects created by media artist Peter Torpey.

Stephen Paulus, The day is done
Johannes Brahms, Warum ist das Licht gegeben, Op. 74
Henry Purcell, O Lord our Governor, Z. 141
Ēriks Ešenvalds, Stars
Jonathan Dove, Seek him that maketh the seven stars
C. Hubert H. Parry, Blest pair of sirens
James Whitbourn, Luminosity

Colin Lynch serves as Associate Director of Music and Organist at Trinity Church, Copley Square.  As a concert organist, he has been awarded top prizes in several national competitions and maintains a busy performance career that has taken him to prominent venues throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, and Argentina. Keenly interested in the educational opportunities in choral music, he has served on the faculty of the Eton Choral Courses and currently as manager of the Massachusetts Boy Choir Course. Colin has previously held positions at the Episcopal Church at Yale, Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, and as Director of Chapel Music at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH.  Born and raised in NJ, he holds degrees from Northwestern University, Yale University, and Oberlin Conservatory.