Monday, March 14, 2011

New England String Quartet and The Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus present the world premiere of John Kramer's "Three Thoughts on Love"

We were proud and happy to become a part of an extraordinary project by John Kramer and The Philharmonic Society of Arlington presenting "Three Thoughts on Love" - a three-movement commissioned work for string quartet and chorus. The concert of The Arlington-Belmont Chorale and The Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus took place on March 13, 2011 and featured the world premiere of "Three Thoughts on Love". We absolutely loved the music, and as we are looking forward to more performances, we just wanted to share with everyone the videos of this concert. Below is a fragment of "When in Disgrace (Sonnet 29)" - the third movement of "Three Thoughts on Love". To see complete clips of the performance, please visit our Youtube Channel.


From Belmont Citizen-Herald: Conducted by Kramer, this three movement piece draws its text from three very different origins. The first movement, “Let your Love Flow” combines text from the Buddhist “Sutta Nipata” with long sustained vocal harmonies accompanied by driving rhythmic motives in the strings. Next is “Set me as a Seal,” with words from the “Song of Solomon”; the music in this movement makes a bold romantic statement. And finally, “When, in disgrace with Fortune and men’s eyes,” Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29, Kramer takes us on a musical journey from minor-key desolation to a joyous love-inspired conclusion.
Kramer lives in Boston, teaches at the Winchester Community Music School and the South Shore Conservatory and serves as the music director for the Winchester Unitarian Society.

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