Cathedrals of Sound
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey
Christoph Bull, organ
Nick & Clemens Prokop, video artists
Organ music by Bach & Bruckner
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8
Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with host Alan Chapman. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Composer Hugo Wolf called Bruckner’s Eighth “the creation of a giant, surpassing in spiritual dimension and magnitude all the other symphonies of the master.” Featuring the spiritual voices of the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey to set the stage and stunning visuals from Nick and Clemens Prokop, this monumental work will take you on a journey through symphonic space and time.
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- Bruckner was inspired by Wagner but composed a different kind of music, at once spiritual, architectonic and impersonal. The Symphony No. 8 conjures visions of vast, rocky, natural wonders or monumental empty cathedrals shot through with shafts of light. It is Bruckner’s most colossal work.
Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael's Abbey
St. Michael's Abbey is a community of Norbertine priests and seminarians in Silverado California. The community numbers almost 70 members - priests and young men studying for the priesthood. The Norbertine order (Praemonstratensians) was founded by St. Norbert of Xanten (1080-1134) in 1121 as a reform of the canons regular of the 12th century. The religious of St. Michael's Abbey live a communal life that features daily chanting of the Office and Mass.
Born in Mannheim, Germany, Christoph Bull has performed and recorded around the world, including France, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Russia, India, Taiwan and El Salvador at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and at venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center in New York City, the Cathedrals of Moscow, Saint-Denis and Salzburg as well as rock clubs like The Viper Room, The Roxy and The Whisky in Los Angeles. He’s collaborated with leading conductors, choirs, orchestras and ensembles including James Conlon, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale and Grammy-winning Southwest Chamber Music.
He improvised his first melodies on the piano at the age of five and gave his first organ recitals and rock concerts with a band at the age of 12. He concertized with the National Youth Orchestra of Germany and was the subject of a longtime study about highly gifted musicians together with other artists such as pianist Lars Vogt.
Nick & Clemens Prokop
Nick & Clemens Prokop were born into a family of artists in Rosenheim, Germany. Since 2004, their particular interest has been the interaction between classical music and modern technology. For Kent Nagano and the London Symphony Orchestra they created an interactive visualization of Igor Stravinsky's "Sacre du Printemps". For the music film "Vineta" they designed virtual worlds. Using members of the Vienna Philharmonic, "zeitperlen virtostage" was created as part of a permanent collection in the "House of Music" museum (Vienna and Mexico). With the Cologne Philhamonie they visualized music from György Ligeti, and for the Munich based "Tollwood Festival" they turned the entire olympic hill into an interactive anniversary installation. Following invitations by "Royal Academy of Music" in London, the "Gasteig Cultural Center" in Munich and the "Verbier Festival" in Switzerland, Nick and Clemens Prokop conduct education projects and workshops with young artists.