Composer Morton Lauridsen

A post by CSC singer Melissa Sawyer

The Concert Singers of Cary is delighted to be performing Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna at our upcoming concert on April 29! Translating to “eternal light” in Latin, Lux Aeterna is a sweeping musical exploration of hope and grief.

The piece incorporates several sacred Latin texts, including sections of the well-known Requiem Mass. The joyful mood of some movements is balanced with the somber mood of others, and a reverent tone flows through the entire piece. Accompanied by a small orchestra and rich in emotionality, Lux Aeterna has become a beloved classic among choral singers and listeners alike.

Lauridsen can be considered one of the great American composers, having gained massive popularity in the choral world near the end of the twentieth century. He also has one of the more unique backgrounds amongst choral composers, having spent his early career as a firefighter for the Forest Service in Washington state!

After his transition into choral music, Lauridsen would go on to receive several honorary doctorates, five Grammy nominations (including two for Lux Aeterna), and earn the title of American Choral Master. Any Lauridsen piece is always a treat for choirs and audiences alike, so get your tickets for our upcoming concert to hear this beautiful work!

The Concert Singers of Cary
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Avenue
Cary, NC 27511

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