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Bethlehem Music Series: Concert with Sotto Voce Tuba Quartet (FREE CONCERT)

  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church 4100 Lyndale Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55409 USA (map)

The highly acclaimed and internationally recognized Sotto Voce is America's only premiere professional quartet of its kind. Sotto Voce enthusiastically challenges preconceived notions about what tubas can do by composing, arranging, and commissioning virtuosic new works that highlight the diversity of their ensemble. They maintain an active international touring schedule throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In 2006 they performed concerts abroad and served as quartet-in-residence at the International Tuba/Eupohonium Conference in Denver. Immerse yourself in sounds beyond your expectations.

I will be singing their newly "mini Requiem" BRIDGE with the quartet. Bridge is a large, three-movement “mini-requiem” for tuba/euphonium quartet and countertenor or mezzo-soprano (optional).  It was commissioned to memorialize the life of Brigita Hazners by her sons, Dainis and Maris. While this composition is very much a depiction of Bridge’s spirited life and ultimate struggle with a tremendously difficult and painful illness, the work is also meant to depict a portrayal of life itself.  The first movement, Lament, depicts the ugly characteristics of the world we live in and how we struggle to survive times of war, disease, famine, ignorance, and selfishness.  Conversely, the second movement, Spirit, depicts the supreme joy and relentless jubilation that comes with life on Earth.  The third movement, Invitation, deals with the contemplation of an afterlife or at least the transition from this life to the next.  The Latvian text in the first movement and third movements of the work are given by Brigita and her husband, respectively.  The first movement’s text by Bridge herself was written on her will and testament and loosely translates to:  “Years pass, desires abate, the pain in one’s breast shall cease.”  The third movement text comes from a Latvian folksong and was included in Bridge’s obituary by her husband and can be translated to:  “When God invites, then one must follow.”  The work was recorded with Lon Ellenberger, countertenor on the Sotto Voce album, "Take This Hammer."

Later Event: March 14