Canticle: Journey of the Soul

sunday, march 11, 2018 at 3:00 PM

All Saints Parish
1773 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02445

George Case, conductor

The Boston Cecilia will conclude its 2017-2018 Season with the New England premiere of Philadelphia composer Kile Smith’s luminous work Canticle, based on the English translation of the Spiritual Canticle of 16th century Spanish mystic, St. John of the Cross.  In his Spiritual Canticle, St. John of the Cross, who is considered one of the foremost poets of the Spanish language, explores the journey of the soul through worldly tribulation to a place of peace and contentment in the “serene night.” The sentiment of trial and hardship is integral and common to all human life – and ever present in our current world; yet it is hope in the journey of traversing adversity that is also common to humanity – a people, a family, an audience, a chorus. Our concert will explore and illuminate the concept of the journey amidst current social, societal, and political turmoil. Continuing the tradition of invigorating, innovative, and moving choral music, we hope you will join us on this journey.

Kile Smith - Canticle
(New England Premiere)
A setting of the Spiritual Canticle of St. John of the Cross

Dr. George Case is the director of choral activities at Boston Conservatory, where he directs the choral ensembles, teaches choral literature, and directs the graduate choral conducting program, and the music director of the Newburyport Choral Society. With a multifaceted background as a conductor, educator, and professional singer, George brings a wide-ranging body of musical experience and a passionate artistic voice to his work. George is an award-winning educator of young musicians who frequently leads clinics and workshops for high school and college singers as well as professional development sessions for teachers around the country. As a soloist and professional chorister, George has performed with major ensembles across North America and Europe including the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Handel + Haydn Society, and Kinnara Ensemble. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music in conducting from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Boston University.