ARTS ARE ALIVE:Chorus and brass successfully play some 'heavy' music

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Choral Society offered June 1 a most unusual concert at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, featuring the chorus of 50 and the Los Alamos Brass of three trumpets, three trombones, timpani and a tuba in the sprightly opening number. The latter was a “Fanfare for Brass” (2007) by the director Dr. M.L. Place Badarack.

This was a heavy program, with unusual works throughout. Attendance was lower than usual, but the music was very well received by those attending.

The next group was “Three Graduals,” by Anton Bruckner: “Locus iste,” “Christus factus est,” and “Os justi.” for the chorus alone. The more often I hear short works by Bruckner, the more impressed I am by the solidity of the compositions, and these certainly qualified. (The Desert Chorale performed some in past concerts.) These were gems, and hard work for the chorus, but well done.

Next, were three motets from Sacrae Symphoniae (1597), by Giovanni Gabrieli: “Angelus Dominus,” “Canzona Septimus Toni, No. 2” for brass choir, and “Hoc tegitur.” The brass was arranged in two groups widely separated at the sides of the chorus, to very good effect, the “Gabrieli Sound” being well displayed.

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