A cloudless, starry sky as muse.
In June 1889, while in an asylum at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Vincent van Gogh created one of the world’s most famous paintings. His Starry, Starry Night portrays a brilliant starlit sky, just before sunrise, hovering over an idealized village nestled into the hillside, with its prominent church steeple, while in the foreground, dominating the painting, a tree trunk soars skyward in much the same manner as a church steeple. Like a vision, it can barely hold the energy of the brush strokes. This concert uses that painting as its theme – a starlit sky as muse. Some of the pieces on this programme depict scenes related to Christmas or the winter season, while others simply draw their inspiration from a single star or a starlit sky at any time of the year. It is definitely not difficult to find choral music that makes mention of stars in the text. Whatever the time of year, the stars seem to inspire composers to write music with a certain serenity, peacefulness or majesty about it – sometimes all three. - James Hawn
Sunday, December 16, 2018
2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Knox United Church