We continue our report of Saturday 9/19/2015 Colly Concert ILLUMINATION LUX AETERNA with compositions of world-celebrated Morten Lauridsen.

Guests enjoying wine and cheese in the Colly Gardens before the performance.

[photo by Sue Kirsch, text by Zoe Lieb and Sue Kirsch]

The evenings program was presented by the following choirs:

Community Chorus from Prescott  with conductor Michael McCall.
Prescott Chorale with conductor Dennis Houser.
NAU Shrine of the Ages Choir with conductor Dr. Edith Copley.
Orpheus Male Chorus with conductor Brook Larson.

[photo by Sue Kirsch]

NAU Shrine of the Ages Choir with conductor Dr. Edith Copley.

[photo by Colleen Connery]

Prescott Chorale with conductor Dennis Houser.

[photo by Sue Kirsch]

The Orpheus Male Chorus with conductor Brook Larson, with Lynne Haeseler on piano and Daga Suchon, violin.

[photo by Zoe Lieb]

Community Chorus from Prescott  with conductor Michael McCall, with Lynne Haeseler on piano.

The evening was unforgettable, a gorgeous selection of songs performed with excellence and sensitivity.

[photo by Sue Kirsch]
Morten Lauridsen himself was the image of humble genius while he played accompanying piano for the choirs and later received the Minds for History Award, presented by Arcosanti President Jeff Stein.

Morten Johannes Lauridsen is an American composer and recipient of the National Medal of Arts. He was composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and has been a professor of composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for more than 40 years.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Lauridsen worked as a Forest Service firefighter and lookout (on an isolated tower near Mt. St. Helens) and attended Whitman College before traveling south to study composition at the University of Southern California with Ingolf Dahl, Halsey Stevens, Robert Linn, and Harold Owen. His works since then have been recorded on more than 200 CDs, five of which have received Grammy Award nominations.

A recipient of numerous grants, prizes, and commissions, Lauridsen chaired the Composition department at the USC Thornton School of Music from 1990–2002 and founded the School’s Advanced Studies program in Film Scoring. He has held residencies as guest composer/lecturer at over one hundred universities and has received honorary doctorates from Whitman College, Oklahoma State University, Westminster Choir College and King’s College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Lauridsen now divides his time between Los Angeles and his summer residence on a remote island off the northern coast of Washington State.

Here is the program of the evening.

Introduction………….Jeff Stein and Lynne Haeseler

“Love Song” (Rilke)…………………………Sally Gebler, dance
                                                           Jeff Stein, spoken word
                                Daga Suchon, violin

“Contre qui, rose” (Lauridsen)…………………………………..Community Chorus
                                                                                                   Michael McCall, conductor

The Words of Morten Lauridsen…………..Jeff Stein

“Dirait-on” (Lauridsen)…………………………………………………………..Prescott Chorale
“Prayer” (Lauridsen)……………………………………………………Dennis Houser, conductor
               on a poem by Dana Gioia

“Ov’è, lass’, il bel viso?” from Madrigali (Lauridsen)……..NAU Shrine of the Ages Choir
“O Magnum Mysterium” (Lauridsen)……………………………….Dr. Edith Copley, conductor

Introduction to “Lux Aeterna”….Morten Lauridsen

“Lux Aeterna” (Lauridsen)……………………………Community Chorus/ Prescott Chorale
Introitus, Veni Sancte Spiritus, Agnus Dei……………………Michael McCall, conductor

Presentation……………………………………..Jeff Stein
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“Sure on this Shining Night” (Lauridsen)………………………..Orpheus Male Chorus
                                                                                                 Brook Larson, conductor
                            Morten Lauridsen, piano

“Best and the Brightest” (Kirschner)…………………..Dianne Dietrich Leis, Photographs
                                                                                           Daga Suchon,violin
                                                                                           Lynne Haeseler, piano

Conclusion………………………………………Jeff Stein

“For the Beauty of the Earth” (Rutter)……………………………All choirs and performers
“For the Beauty of the Earth” (Kocher)………………………………………Audience Sings

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