Commotio, Oxford's leading performers of contemporary choral music, will be singing Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt's 'O Crux' and 'Stabat Mater' on Saturday March 11 2006 in the university city's Merton College Chapel.
Commotio is one of Oxford's leading choral groups, formed in August 1999 to provide a refreshing alternative to the more readily available repertoire offered by most other chamber choirs, performing primarily lesser known material of the 20th and 21st centuries. Matthew Berry, the founder and conductor of the choir, enthusiastically promotes the work of a younger generation of composers, as well as bringing to the fore little known works of more established writers. In short, Commotio offers singers and audiences alike something a little different.
Knut Nystedt, born September 3, 1915, in Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway, is an orchestral and choral composer. He grew up in a Christian home where hymns and classical music were an important part of everyday life. His major compositions for choir and vocal soloists are mainly based on texts from the Bible or sacred themes. Old church music, especially Palestrina and Gregorian chants, have had a major influence on his compositions. In 1966, the King of Norway made him Knight of the Order of St. Olav in recognition of his contributions to Norwegian music.
Commotio performs Knut Nystedt's 'O Crux' and 'Stabat Mater'
Saturday 11 March, 8.00pm
Merton College Chapel, Oxford
Tickets can be reserved for collection before the concert, or purchased on the door. For reservations please email firstname.lastname@example.org or on the day telephone 07711 980279.