A Prayer for Peace

Sunday, September 18 at 3:00 PM
Musica Sacra Mundi Concert Series
The Temple (Congregation Ohabai Shalom) 

Sunday, September 25th at 3:00 PM
St Paul’s Episcopal Church

Invoking the beauty of the human voice, Portara Ensemble uses choral music as the gateway to elevate and inspire audiences through the transformative power of artistic collaboration. Our September program is the continuation of a series celebrating the music of a sacred world. Drawing from a diverse array of cultural and religious expressions, “A Prayer for Peace” acknowledges our human need for connection that transcends our differences.

The concert will feature music from composers Daniel Elder, Joan Szymko, Frank Ticheli, and many more, including the TN premiere of “The Hope of Loving” (a multi-movement work for chorus and string quartet, with texts inspired by Christian mystics like Teresa of Avila and St Francis) by Minnesota-based composer Jake Runestad.

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Theresa

  • Sorida – Rosephanye Powell
  • Sim Shalom – Joseph Willcox Jenkins
  • The Heart’s Reflection – Daniel Elder
  • Earth Song – Frank Ticheli
  • Iraqi Peace Song – arr. Lori Tennenhouse
  • Even a Fist Was Once an Open Palm – Elizabeth Alexander
  • All Works of Love – Joan Szymko
  • The Hope of Loving – Jake Runestad
  • There Will Come Soft Rains – Ivo Antognini


Dark Night of the Soul
Choral Reflections on Advent and Wintertime

Friday, December 9, 7:00 PM
Church of the Good Shepherd, Brentwood, TN

Saturday, December 10, 7:00 PM
Christ the King Church, Nashville, TN

In this season of growing darkness and anticipation we’ll explore ancient and contemporary musings on mystery, wonder, the deepening of the night, and the longed-for return of the sun. This program includes Advent masterworks from the Renaissance, modern classics by Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre, and the Tennessee premiere of Ola Gjeilo’s Dark Night of the Soul– a breathtaking, cinematic excursion through the mystical words of St. John of the Cross for chorus, piano, and strings.
  • I. Come, Darkness
    Veni, Veni, Emanuel – Clif Hardin
    Ecce Dominus Venit – Michael Praetorius
  • II. Mystery and Wonder
    Nova Nova – Bob Chilcott
    O Magnum Mysterium – Morten Lauridsen
  • III. Into the Night
    Nocturne in a Deserted Brickyard – Patrick Dunnevant
    Ballade to the Moon – Daniel Elder
  • IV. The Dark Night
    Dark Night of the Soul – Ola Gjeilo
  • V. A Heaven Full of Stars
    Stars – Eriks Esenvalds
    A Good-Night – Richard Rodney Bennett
  • VI. The Gift of Light
    The Darkest Midnight in December – Stephen Main
    Lux Aurumque – Eric Whitacre

From Beginning to End

Music of Life, Love, and Loss

Sunday, May 21st at 4:00 PM
Downtown Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN
All proceeds from this performance benefited The Contributor.

Friday, June 16th at 8:00 PM
Tennessee ACDA Convention
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Murfreesboro, TN

The Contributor, Nashville’s weekly street newspaper, creates economic opportunity with dignity by investing in the lives of people experiencing homelessness and poverty. Portara Ensemble celebrates the Contributor’s mission with a concert which lifts up human dignity and honors the common human experiences of life, love, and loss that touch us all.

  • In the Beginning – Aaron Copland
  • Love Is Little – arr. Kevin Sigfried
  • i carry your heart – Gwyneth Walker
  • Folks, I’m Telling You – Elizabeth Alexander
  • Ubi Caritas – Pater Matthews
  • Requiem – Herbert Howells
  • Let My Love Be Heard – Jake Runestad