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Rare performance of Ecce Cor Meum this Saturday
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 11/12/08 8:11 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Saturday night, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra concert will feature the Pennsylvania premiere of Paul McCartney's oratorio "Ecce Cor Meum" ("Behold My Heart"), a five-movement work written in Latin and English, and scored for orchestra, boys and adult choirs, and organ.

"Ecce Cor Meum" is not often performed, mostly because of its newness, but also because it's a major commitment to stage, requiring two choirs, orchestra and organ. Its American premiere was Nov. 14, 2006, at a sold-out Carnegie Hall.

"What struck me about the piece is its variety of musical styles, and fine choral writing," says Sinfonia conductor and music director Allan Birney. "It's upbeat, with hints of British Broadway in it. But it's no cakewalk -- it has its challenges. I look at it as a very substantial oratorio."

The concert takes place on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 7:30 PM at Symphony Hall, Allentown, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra's website.

Info thanks to The Morning Call.

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