Spoleto Festival USA 2014: Westminster Choir Legends

cl-140907-Miller-300Among the highlights of the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston each spring are the choral concerts given by the Westminster Choir. The 2014 edition of the festival featured two programs, and we present highlights from each on this edition of the series. From a concert called Legends at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, conductor Joe Miller leads the choir in a multi-faceted program ranging from the ancient to the contemporary. A second concert program at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist had the Charleston Symphony Chorus joining the Westminster Choir and members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra to perform Handel’s Te Deum, written to commemorate a British victory in the Battle of Dettingen in 1743.

ELDER: Elegy
ESENVALDS: Legend of the Walled-Up Woman
Westminster Choir
Joe Miller, conductor

HANDI: Pater Noster
DURUFLE: Ubi Caritas
PARKER: Buffalo Gals (arr.)
FOSTER: Nelly Bly
ELDER: Ballade to the Moon
Westminster Choir
Joe Miller, conductor

HOGAN: My Soul’s Been Anchored
ERB: Shenandoah
WALKER: Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal (arr.)
The Lord Bless and Keep You
Westminster Choir
Joe Miller, conductor

Westminster Choir
Charleston Symphony Chorus
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra
Joe Miller, conductor

BRITTEN: Hymn to St. Cecilia
BARBER: This Shining Night
BRAHMS: The May Night
Robert Pritchard, director