The Waking Sun
april 13, 2019
Featuring music by Dieterich Buxtehude & Kile Smith
Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms
may 5, 2019 | bailey hall
november 17, 2018
The Cornell University Chamber Singers and organist Michael Plagerman presented an evening of music from the vast repertory of the Anglican evening service. Performances included works by Purcell, Parsons, Jackson, MacMillan, and the iconic Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis ‘Collegium Regale’ of Herbert Howells.
Cultural Exchange with Maui
As an expression of our group’s mission, we sought to share music with people on Maui. This week-long engagement in August 2018 facilitated cultural exchange locally between Cornell and Maui, and more broadly between the American Northeast and the Hawaiian Islands.
The exchange included opportunities for the current group and a wider circle of alumni to share music (ours and theirs!) with locals, schoolchildren, and music organizations on Maui, culminating in a collaborative performance of a large choral-orchestral work with John Rowehl and the Maui Chamber Orchestra as part of their anniversary celebrations. Learn more on our Tours page!
Music in a Time of War
April 28, 2018
The Cornell University Chamber Singers presented Music in a Time of War, a memorial of the 1918 World War I armistice. The concert featured a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ exquisite Mass in G for double choir, written in response to his experience as a volunteer ambulance driver in France during World War I. The second half of this performance featured the American Premiere of Polish composer Roman Palester’s The Vistula, a setting of World War I-era poetry by a composer responding to the atrocities of World War II. The Chamber Singers were joined by an instrumental ensemble of two harps, two pianos, four horns, and percussion, as this powerful composition was resurrected for the first time since its mid-century premiere in Belgium. Thank you to joined us for this deeply contemplative performance of rarely heard music.
November 18, 2017
Anabel Taylor Chapel
The Cornell University Chamber Singers, in collaboration with visiting artists Variant 6, presented Re-Formation: a celebration of music as a catalyst for social change in honor of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses. Featured works included Dieterich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri (1680), and Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw’s “To the Hands” (2016), whose response to Buxtehude’s work questions moral responsibility in modern society.
Der Geist hilft
march 18, 2017
Grace Episcopal Church Elmira
The Cornell University Chamber Singers and members of the Cornell Early Music Lab presented the Bach motet "Der Geist Hilft," paired with a varied repertoire of baroque, victorian, and modern classics, accompanied by a wide array of instruments. Repertoire included works by Macmillan, Aichinger, Byrd, Stanford, and more.
Yield Troubled Shadows: Bach and Modern Society
march 17, 2017
“Yield Troubled Shadows: Bach and Modern Society” paired Bach Cantatas BWV 202, Weichet nur betrübte Schatten, and BWV 168, Tue Rechung, with lectures highlighting connections between the themes of these cantatas and current issues in American society, such as gender equality and economic justice. Organized by David Yearsley, Elizabeth Lyon, and Matthew J. Hall, the performance featured musicians from Cornell Early Music Lab and Cornell Chamber Singers, joined by guest artists.
The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee
december 1, 2016
Anabel Taylor Chapel
The Cornell Chamber Singers performed a concert with the Cornell Early Music Lab featuring Heinrich Schutz’s “Historia der Geburt Jesu Christi” (Story of the birth of Jesus Christ) with guest vocal soloists Jessica Beebe and Rebecca Myers, sopranos; Steven Soph, tenor; and Michael Galvin, bass. This Christmas concert opened with works by John Dowland (“Mr. John Langton?s Pavan,” for just viols) and Orlando Gibbons (“This is the record of John”); Gregor Aichinger (“Duo Seraphim”) and Schutz (“Hodie Christus natus est”/Today Christ is born); Johann Schein (“Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her”/From heaven on high I come) and Gibbons’ “Thus Angells sung.” Following William Byrd’s “O magnum mysterium”/O great mystery, an organ interlude was played by Jonathan Schakel (John Bull’s “Salvator mundi”).