February 4 and 5: ABO joins with Georgia Tech Chamber Choir

The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and the Georgia Tech Chamber Choir present
Handel’s Dixit Dominus
Songs of War and Peace, Ancient and Modern
for two performances in Midtown Atlanta and Roswell
Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5, 2012

The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra under Director Julie Andrijeski joins with the Georgia Tech Chamber Choir under Director Jerry Ulrich to present George Frideric Handel’s rarely-performed sacred choral cantata Dixit Dominus, based on Psalm 110, and the premiere of Jerry Ulrich’s new choral piece for period instruments, Lucem Pax, based on Psalm 46. Atlanta favorites Wanda Yang Temko, soprano, and Terry Barber, counter-tenor, are featured soloists.

Georgia Tech Chamber Choir

The orchestra will also perform

  • Handel’s Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op. 6, No. 5
  • Christoph Graupner’s Ouverture in D, GWV 418.

Performances are Saturday, February 4 at 7:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, and Sunday, February 5 at 3:00 pm at Roswell Presbyterian Church. The pre-concert lecture, by Rev. Marthame Sanders of Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church, begins 45 minutes before each concert. Parking is free. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 the day of the concert, $15 for students and seniors. A group discount is available in advance. Purchase tickets online here.

Handel wrote Dixit Dominus in 1707 when he was only 21 years old and working in Italy. This difficult and demanding work is rarely performed anywhere, let alone in the historically-informed style for which the Atlanta Baroque is renowned.

Georgia Tech choir director and composer Jerry Ulrich selected verses from Psalm 46 and several other Psalms as the basis for his new composition Lucem Pax (the Light of Peace), as a Scriptural and musical counterpoint to the message of Psalm 110 expressed by Handel in Dixit Dominus. Ulrich’s Lucem Pax will receive its world premiere, capitalizing on the unique opportunity to present a 21st-century work with the 18th-century resources that the ABO provides.

The Georgia Tech Chamber Choir was founded in 1998 in order to provide especially skilled vocal musician-students with the means to perform a more challenging choral repertoire. The Chamber Choir has become  known for its proficiency, artistry, and professionalism, giving concerts throughout the Southeast to critical acclaim.

In its 15th season, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra is the first and longest-running professional early music chamber orchestra in the Southeast. Playing replicas of the actual instruments used in the era of Bach, our performers are accomplished in unusual instruments and techniques that create a sound and a concert experience very different from “contemporary” symphony orchestras. The ABO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit performing arts organization.

Funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts and Culture.

Performance Venues

First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
1328 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta GA 30309
(404) 876-8461
http://www.firstpresatl.org

Roswell Presbyterian Church
755 Mimosa Boulevard
Roswell GA 30075
(770) 993-6316
http://www.roswellpres.org