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Stabat Mater

Date: 3/8/2013Start Time: 7:00 PMEnd Time: 9:00 PMLocation: Moore Hall

This presentation is an extended choral work by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). It was introduced to Far Brook in 1964 by the late Edwin Finckel, Director of Music at Far Brook from 1951 - 1990, who chose this “hauntingly beautiful” work for its “purity of sound, which is achieved with young people's voices.”

Because of the variety of styles and the relative brevity of each movement, students find the work fascinating, and, at the same time, attainable. The work is made up of 13 movements, some of which are performed by the chorus of Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders; faculty members; and alumnae; and others by student soloists and small vocal ensembles.

Stabat Mater is performed each spring by older students in a formal concert setting, accompanied by a professional string chamber ensemble. It is a cherished event in the lives of many alumni who come to enjoy the presentation, and it draws alumnae back each year to take part in singing the work.

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