Albany Pro Musica Ends 37th Season with “Lux Aeterna” [Berkshire on Stage]
Albany Pro Musica Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra close their 37th season at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 3pm on Sunday, May 6 with two major works of symphonic choral literature. These two compositions, Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna and Michael Haydn’s Requiem, capture the human spirit in profound and beautiful, albeit, very different, ways.
Composer Morten Lauridsen was named “American Choral Master” by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2006, and in 2007 received the National Medal of Arts “for his composition of choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide.” He composed Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light) in response to his mother’s final illness. He said “I found great personal comfort and solace in setting to music these timeless and wondrous words about light, a universal symbol of illumination at all levels – spiritual, artistic and intellectual.”