Portara Winter Concert – Dark Night of the Soul


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 – Hardin
Ecce Dominus Venit – Praetorius


II. Mystery and Wonder
Nova Nova – Chilcott
O Magnum Mysterium – Lauridsen


III. Into the Night
Nocturne in a Deserted Brickyard – Dunnevant

Ballade to the Moon – Elder


IV. The Dark Night
Dark Night of the Soul – Gjeilo


V. A Heaven Full of Stars
Stars – Esenvalds
A Good-Night – Bennett


VI. The Gift of Light
The Darkest Midnight in December
Lux Aurumque – Whitacre

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