December 6, 2014 - 7:00 PM
One of the England’s most revered choral ensembles, the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge makes its Library of Congress debut with a commemoration of Irving Fine’s legacy as one of the preeminent American composers of choral music. Their performance will feature works by Fine and composers who influenced him. The choir is led by Graham Ross, Director of Music and Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, one of the U.K.’s star choral conductors. He has served as chorus master for Sir Colin Davis and has conducted at both the Aldeburgh and Glyndebourne festivals.
The Library of Congress, home to the Irving Fine Collection, is proud to commemorate the hundredth birthday of this important figure in American music history, described by Aaron Copland as “the greatest of us all.” A leading voice in the American Neoclassical School, Fine was a member of the Boston Group of composers—Arthur Berger, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss and Harold Shapero—who were hot on the music scene during the midtwentieth century. This landmark festival is the largest commemoration of Fine’s centennial in the world, and includes lectures, panel discussions, two new works, and concerts by the Chiara String Quartet, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, U.K. and more!