CHARLOTTE, NC – The ensemble Sine Nomine remembers the 15th anniversary of 9/11 with a message of hope and peace through its performance of Morton Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna.
Lauridsen composed Lux Aeterna in 1997, the year his mother died. The consolation for grief offered by this requiem reveals itself through a tapestry of ancient modes, Renaissance polyphony, Romanticism, and modern dissonance. The five movements of Lux Aeterna are based on various references to light from sacred Latin texts: perpetual light, light risen in the darkness, Redeemer-born light from light, light of the Holy Spirit, light of hearts, most blessed light, eternal light — all supporting an earthbound spirit seeking not only mercy, understanding, and consolation but also renewal.
This concert pays tribute to those who were lost and to those who lost loved ones on 9/11. “Never forgotten,” Sine Nomine also asserts that “everyone can do something” in steering humanity towards life-affirming grace and unity.
THE TRAIN: Holocaust Cantata & Civil Rights Songs
January 15, 2016
Sine Nomine honors the ongoing global fight for civil rights with its performance of The Train, a concert featuring “The Holocaust Cantata: Songs From the Camps” by composer Donald McCullough. Based on research of original music sung by incarcerated inmates in Holocaust concentration camps, this cantata is an emotional, musical journey through one of the bleakest episodes in human history.
Working from translations of original Polish materials found in the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and starting with just a single line of melody, McCullough has fashioned a haunting choral tribute to the 6 million Jews who were systematically persecuted and murdered as well as to the millions of other individuals the Nazi Party classified as “undesirables,” including Poles, Romanian gypsies, homosexuals, transsexuals, political opponents, religious dissidents, the mentally ill and the physically disabled. What emerges from the insanity of one of history’s worst examples of man’s inhumanity to man is a sense of music’s life-affirming powers.