First Christian Church is presenting the chamber choir Abendmusik, directed by Rob Ryder and accompanied by Charlene Noland. They will perform Abendmusik (evening music) spanning four centuries, from Buxtehude, Brahms and Rheinberger to Messiaen and Piazzola. The program will culminate with the premiere of Abend Magnificat, a major choral work collaboratively composed by seven Colorado Springs composers who are members of Abendmusik. A free will offering will be taken.
Abendmusik is presenting a concert entitled “Abendmusik Sings Abendmusik.” The chamber choir will perform music that inspired the group's name and exemplifies its 43 year history in the Pikes Peak region. With a particular emphasis on the secular tradition of Abendlieder (Evening Songs), and the sacred traditions of Abendmusik (Evensong), the concert’s repertoire will span four centuries of choral music. The program features music of Buxtehude, Messiaen, Brahms, Rheinberger and Stanford, as well as choral music derived from or composed by contemporary composers Astor Piazolla, Ben Folds, Tuck Aikin, and Daniel Elder. The program will culminate with the premiere of Abend Magnificat, a major choral work collaboratively composed by seven Colorado Springs composers who are members of Abendmusik. The concert will be directed by Rob Ryder and accompanied by Charlene Noland.
is an auditioned community choir that was formed in 1974 as an in-service performing group for music educators from Colorado Springs School District 11. The choir is now comprised of accomplished singers and musicians from all walks of life. Membership includes singers who range in age from early 20s to mid 80s and share a common love of performing choral music and creating musical experiences for audiences throughout the region. Abendmusik has been featured in performance for the Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA) on multiple occasions, has toured with the United States Air Force Academy Band, and has made guest appearances with orchestras throughout the state. The choir is a participating member of the Colorado Springs Choralaborative Project. To learn more about Abendmusik, please visit their website at http://www.Abendmusikchorus.org.