Chorus Austin’s Austin Civic Chorus is working on Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil. We will be performing it twice, on October 20 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church at 8 p.m. and on October 21st at St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 4 p.m. This beautiful, ethereal piece of music is one of the most soul-healing works I’ve ever studied. Once I quit having to struggle to get the Russian to fit the notes (a matter of more rehearsal time on my part), I’ll be close to rapture.
It’s performed a cappella. Ryan Heller leading 140 singers, no instruments. We’ve been working hard. Come give us a listen! If you’re Christian, you know all the words, even if we’re not saying them in a language with which you’re familiar. The translations will be in the program. My current favorite is The Great Doxology (movement number 12). The fact that is starts with the altos singing solo has nothing to do with it [she said innocently].
Internal Jukebox: Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, No. 12, “The Great Doxology”