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.
“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.
Mason | Paraphrase from the Grottafeerata Office for Same-Sex Union (ca. 10 a.d.)
Mason | From Ada by Gertrude Stein (1910)
Hindman | From Leaves of Grass 14/5 by Walt Whitman (1900)
Mason | FROM “To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet (1678)
Hindman | From Epigrams, XII, No. 42 by Martial (80 A.D.)
Song in Praise of the Newly Married
Christopher Johnson, Organist
Stars (from the musical Les Misérables)
Tom Vaughn, Tenor soloist