Kodály’s Te Deum and Brahms’ Nänie
Sunday, February 26 at 4 p.m.
The Choral Society and the Duke Chorale joins the Durham Medical Orchestra in this first-time, monumental collaboration directed by Rodney Wynkoop and Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, using the beautiful acoustics and comfortably elegant setting of Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University.
Both Kodály and Brahms found inspiration in Hungarian folk music. Zoltán Kodály‘s 1936 Budavári Te Deum interweaves Hungarian folk music idioms into his composition for this liturgical hymn of joy. He wrote it to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the liberation of Buda from Turkish rule. Kodály was deeply religious, and did not renounce his faith during the postwar Soviet occupation. Kodály laid the groundwork for the Kodály Method, a prominent system of music education.
Nänie is Johannes Brahms’ ravishing, fully-orchestrated choral setting of a Schiller poem that reflects on beauty and the inevitability of death. This piece is a study on “musical irony”, leading the listener on unexpected, nuanced compositional pathways in pursuit of the text. Nänie is named after the Greek goddess of lamentation, and Brahms wrote it in 1881 to honor and mourn his deceased friend, Anselm Feuerbach, a famous classicist painter.
The Choral Society of Durham, Rodney Wynkoop, conductor
The 150-member Choral Society of Durham draws singers from all walks of life, selected by audition within and around the Research Triangle area, some coming as far as Virginia. The long-time conductor Rodney Wynkoop, who is also the Director of University Choral Music at Duke University, has earned critical acclaim for artistic excellence and innovative programming with his various choral groups
The Durham Medical Orchestra (DMO), affiliated with the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts of Duke University, was founded in 2010 by volunteer musicians with the mission to unite health-related professionals, Duke University, and the surrounding community through musical performance and collaboration to foster health, wellness, and the cultural enrichment of its audiences and members. Their music features major compositions from the classical literature as well as contemporary and newly commissioned works, under the baton of vibrant artistic director, Dr. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant.
Duke University Chorale conducted by Rodney Wynkoop
This 50-singer Chorale is the primary choral group of the Department of Music at Duke. The Chorale performs numerous concerts throughout the year, both on and off campus, and tours annually during Duke’s Spring Break.