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Tenebrae - Cambridge

Oppression and Liberation

Orlando Chamber Choir
James Weeks, director
Patrick Osborne, reader

Saturday 19 March 2011, 19:30
Queens' College [ map ]
Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9ET

The Christian liturgy of Tenebrae marks Jesus' suffering and death for humanity before the symbolic rebirth of spring. Orlande de Lassus' austere Tenebrae Responsories are offset by his richly plangent Lamentations settings and other penitential motets. James Weeks' new work, commissioned with support from the BBC Performing Arts Fund, revisits these ancient rites from a secular standpoint. Juxtaposing Tenebrae texts with modern poetry of oppression, Orlando Tenebrae is a stark exposition of these universal themes for our own age.

Programme details

Orlande de Lassus (1532 - 1594)Timor et tremor
  from Lamentations a5 for Maundy Thursday:
      Lamentatio Prima
  In monte Oliveti
  from Lamentations a5 for Maundy Thursday:
      Lamentatio Tertia
  Tristis est anima mea
  from Tenebrae Responsories:
      Tenebrae factae sunt
        Animam meam dilectam
        Aestimatus sum
James Weeks (1978 - )Orlando Tenebrae
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