Spoleto Festival USA 2014: Westminster Choir Legends

cl-140907-Miller-300Among the highlights of the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston each spring are the choral concerts given by the Westminster Choir. The 2014 edition of the festival featured two programs, and we present highlights from each on this edition of the series. From a concert called Legends at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, conductor Joe Miller leads the choir in a multi-faceted program ranging from the ancient to the contemporary. A second concert program at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist had the Charleston Symphony Chorus joining the Westminster Choir and members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra to perform Handel’s Te Deum, written to commemorate a British victory in the Battle of Dettingen in 1743.

Listen to the entire program





Billboard and introduction to Daniel Elder’s Elegy, Eriks Esenvalds’s Legend of the Walled-Up Woman, Johannes Brahms’ Nanie, and Allelulia by Alejandro Consolación – Lauren Rico and Joe Miller





ELDER: Elegy

ESENVALDS: Legend of the Walled-Up Woman

CONSOLACIÓN: Allelulia

Westminster Choir

Joe Miller, conductor





Introduction to Jacob Handi’s setting of Pater Noster, Maurice Durufle’s Ubi Caritas, Buffalo Gals, Stephen Foster’s Nelly Bly, and Ballade to the Moon by Daniel Elder – Lauren Rico





HANDI: Pater Noster

DURUFLE: Ubi Caritas

PARKER: Buffalo Gals (arr.)

FOSTER: Nelly Bly

ELDER: Ballade to the Moon

Westminster Choir

Joe Miller, conductor





Introduction to Moses Hogan’s My Soul’s Been Anchored, James Erb’s Shenandoah, Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal arranged by Alice Walker, and The Lord Bless and Keep You – Lauren Rico





HOGAN: My Soul’s Been Anchored

ERB: Shenandoah

WALKER: Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal (arr.)

The Lord Bless and Keep You

Westminster Choir

Joe Miller, conductor





Break and introduction to George Frideric Handel’s Te Deum – Lauren Rico and Mike McKay





HANDEL: Te Deum

Westminster Choir

Charleston Symphony Chorus

Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra

Joe Miller, conductor





Introduction to Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia, Samuel Barber’s Sure on This Shining Night, and Johannes Brahms’ The May Night – Lauren Rico





BRITTEN: Hymn to St. Cecilia

BARBER: This Shining Night

BRAHMS: The May Night

Renaissance

Robert Pritchard, director





End of the show – Lauren Rico and Mike McKay