From Lament to Alleluia

  • Location
  • 800 Center Street
  • Room 122
  • Racine, WI

The Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin (CAS) will present From Lament to Alleluia, featuring music by composer-in-residence Karel Suchy from past CAS concerts. This video will premiere on the CAS YouTube channel on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at about 7 PM. A video-conference “afterglow” will follow. The presentation will be offered free of charge, but donations would be appreciated.

This video will present choral works recorded live at CAS performances. “Bedford Sonus I” and “American Oratorio” premiered in CAS’s first local composers’ concert in May 2104. “Alleluia for Love” premiered in March 2015 and “Lament for Love” in March 2016. “What do you mean?” was recorded in March 2019 during Locally Grown II.

“Bedford Sonus I” reflects the influence of Suchy’s expertise as a structural/architectural engineer on his musical composition. This work utilizes architectural and acoustic elements of the Frances Bedford hall at UW-Parkside. “American Oratorio” uses spoken-word quotations about Americans, by Americans, in 30-second (TV commercial-length) segments. The other compositions also layer instrumental music, choral music, and spoken word. “Alleluia for Love” draws from Biblical texts in the Song of Solomon. “Lament for Love” uses poetry about love longed for and lost. “What do you mean?” dedicated to all refugees, draws on the World War II childhood memoirs of two members of a family of Black Sea Germans. Danger from the Soviet Union and World War II required them to flee their settlements located in Ukraine and Crimea from the late 18th century. The chorus is based on Matthew 25, “I was hungry, I was naked, I was scared. You fed me, you held me, you gave me clothes.”

  • April 18, 2021
  • Phone: (262) 634-3250
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:15 AM
  • Price: Free - donations are appreciated
From Lament to Alleluia