Prothalamia: A World Premiere in Celebration of Marriage for All

PROTHALAMIA: A WORLD PREMIERE IN CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE FOR ALL is an ECMC concert CD recorded live on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at Riverside Church in Manhattan, New York.

Click here to read an article about the Prothalamia song cycle in the Huffington Post

“Prothalamia” is a Latin term for songs or odes composed for a wedding. Adding a classical music voice to the politically-charged issue of marriage and civil partnerships for all, the Empire City Men’s Chorus invites you to listen to the world premiere of our newly-commissioned choral work on the subject of marriage equality.  Come hear this groundbreaking and substantial composition, meet its award-winning composers Charles Norman Mason and Dorothy Hindman, and reflect artistically with us on marriage and what it means to individuals and society. The chorus will also perform works from Heitor Villa-Lobos, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Morten Lauridsen, and Randall Thompson.

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Playlist

1
Préces sem Palavras
(prayers without words)
Heitor Villa-Lobos

2
Na Bahia Tem...
Villa-Lobos

Prothalamia
Songs in Celebration of Marriage
Charles Norman Mason and Dorothy Hindman

3
Kyrie
Mason | Paraphrase from the Grottafeerata Office for Same-Sex Union (ca. 10 a.d.)

4
Gloria

     Mason | From Ada by Gertrude Stein (1910)

5
Credo
Hindman | From Leaves of Grass 14/5 by Walt Whitman (1900)

Nathan Fuhrman, Baritone
Scott Brown, Tenor Soloist
Casey Kyung Hun Koh, Tenor Soloist
Philip Cotty, Baritone Soloist
Bill Powell, Bass Soloist

6
Sanctus
Mason | FROM “To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet (1678)

7
Agnus Dei
Hindman | From Epigrams, XII, No. 42 by Martial (80 A.D.)

8
Epithalamium
Song in Praise of the Newly Married
Jean Langlais
Christopher Johnson, Organist

9
Stars (from the musical Les Misérables)
Tom Vaughn, Tenor soloist

10
Sure On This Shining Night
Morten Lauridsen | James Agee

11
Choose Something Like a Star
Randall Thompson | Robert Frost; arr. Stephen Smith