Dear friends and supporters of Ars Musica,
It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to our 49th Season: Reflections. We are thrilled this season to bring you such beloved masterworks as Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms alongside a few less familiar treasures, including our opening concert’s Requiem by Maurice Duruflé, the luminous Missa Brevis of Zolán Kodály, and no fewer than three world premieres by Composer-in-Residence Joshua Groffman.
The inspiration for our 2014–2015 Season began with our first concert of the season. Maurice Duruflé’s formative years were spent in one of the great gothic cathedrals of Europe, Rouen Cathedral (perhaps best known in this country as the subject of a ravishing series of paintings by Claude Monet). Is it any wonder that, growing up a child cloaked in incense, Gregorian chant, and the streaming colored light of Rouen’s stained glass, Duruflé became a devoutly religious man whose music shimmers with color and light and seems always to contain a spark of the divine?
Goethe described music as “liquid architecture,” and Duruflé’s music embodies this idea completely. Just as gothic architecture was meant to raise one’s eyes heavenward, Duruflé’s chant-like melodies and purely French harmonies never fail to inspire something greater than ourselves. Something set apart. Something holy.
Whatever you might believe, this music has the power to transport you to someplace new—someplace different. I hope you will let it.