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TRANSFIGURATIONS was an ECMC concert series that took place on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at The Church of the Holy Apostles in Manhattan, New York, and on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Carroll Street in Brooklyn, New York.

How Will You Change When You See Your Real Self?
Transfigurations was a love song to the art of loving ourselves, and featured the musical reflections of Stephen Paulus, Kyle Randall, Mahalia Jackson, Francisco Guerrero,  Orlando diLasso, Harry Belafonte, Michael Jackson, and more.

Transfigurations explored the theme of personal transformation.  The tagline question for the concert was "How will you change when you see your real self?"  ECMC sang an eclectic mix of choral music ranging from early music to gospel to pop to compositions by living composers.  Musical highlights included:

  • Adam Ward’s Undersong originally commissioned by Choral Chameleon and revoiced for mens ensemble
  • Jeremy Howard Beck’s Annunciation commissioned by Choral Chameleon and revoiced for mens ensemble
  • An arrangement of Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror

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Concert Program

Quicumque Christum Quaeritis
Lift up your eyes, whoe’er ye be
Orlando di Lasso (1532-1594)

Man in the Mirror
Words and music by Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett. Arranged by Kirby Shaw.

Lord, Don’t Move the Mountain
Words and music by Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972) and Doris Mae Akers (1923-1995)
Soloists: Tai Beckles, baritone; Wesley Todd Holiday, baritone; Ben Donahoo, tenor

The Undersong
For Vince Peterson and Choral Chameleon
Music by Adam Ward (b. 1981)  |  Text by Ralph Waldo Emerson(1803-1882)

When You Are Old
For Harvard Glee Club
Music by Kyle Randall (b. 1990; written Summer 2012, rev. 2014)  |  Text by W.B. Yeats (1865-1939)

How I Got Over
Words and music by Clara Ward (1924–1973)

Et Post Dies Sex
And after six days
Francisco Guerrero (1528–1599)  |  Matthew 17:1-4

Travelin’ Thru
Words and music by Dolly Parton (b.1946)
Soloist: Casey Breves

Sweet Soul
For Jonathan Babcock and Empire City Men’s Chorus
Music by Stephen Paulus (1949-2014)  |  Text by George Herbert (1593–1633)
Soloist: Casey Breves

So They Say
Music by Morten Johannes Lauridsen (b.1943)  |  Text by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926)

Turn the World Around
By Harry Belafonte (b.1927) and Robert Freedman (b.1957)  |  Arranged by Robert DeCormier