RUNSESTAD & HAYDN

30th Anniversary Celebration with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra

With the South Bend Symphony Symphony Orchestra and also featuring I Shall Lift Up Mine Eyes, Alleluia and Ave Verum by Jake Runestad.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

2:30 p.m.
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

Conductor

Alastair Willis

Elizabeth Schleicher, soprano

Jake Runestad

Elizabeth Schleicher, soprano

PROGRAM

I Shall Lift Up Mine Eyes and Alleluia by Jake Runestad
Ave Verum by Jake Runestad
Paukenmesse by Franz Josef Haydn

This collaboration with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra features two a cappella choral works and a new work by young American composer Jake Runestad for chorus and string orchestra.  It received its premiere in April, 2017, at the Kennedy Center.  Runestad writes of this work:

“The exaltation of composers like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart often places them in the realm of gods or saints, and at times we forget their humanness. When artistic director Scott Tucker and I discussed the theme for this commissioned work, his desire was to pair the work with Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus. Attempting to create a work to be presented alongside one of Mozart’s is an intimidating endeavor. However, I began to consider Mozart’s humanness and wonder what he might have been thinking and feeling as he wrote Ave Verum Corpus (as well as his Requiem) — how did his own experiences and complexities participate in his inner monologue for this iconic music? After considering various traditional Latin texts, I asked my good friend and frequent collaborator, Todd Boss, to create a text that explores this question.

Mozart’s serene music seems a disjunct pairing with the crucifixion image of the Ave Verum text, and Todd’s poem so beautifully captures a possible reason for Mozart’s intent. To deepen the connection to Mozart, my work is built on musical fragments from two works written in the final year of his life: Ave Verum Corpus and Requiem. I hope that this new work might contextualize Mozart’s humanness and illuminate the personal meaning behind one of his most beloved works.”

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