Bosetti Sunday Concert
May 21, 2017 ~ 3:00 PM
American Composer: Arlen Clarke
Original Works of Arlen Clark performed by
Denver’s Vittoria Ensemble. Directed by Arlen Clarke
The Vittoria Ensemble:
Program will be taken from the following:
An Evening Prayer
Christmas hath a Darkness
Come My Way
Jesu Dulcis Memoria
Love Bade Me Welcome
O Bone Jesu
O Gracious Light
O Sacrum Convivium
Summer In Winter
Conductor, composer and singer Arlen Clarke was born in upstate New York in 1954. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music (1976) in Voice Performance from BelhavenCollege in Jackson, MS. After a year of graduate study with renown choral conductor, Lloyd Pfautsch at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, he went on to receive
his Master's in Vocal Performance from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX in 1983.
Upon completion of six years of active duty as an officer in the US Army he was a singer and later, the composer-in-residence during the1989-90 season at Grace andHoly Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Kansas City, MO. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed to the post of Director of Choral Activities at his alma mater, Belhaven College.
While serving in the military he studied voice under Met Opera singer, Martile Bucklew-Rowland. Under her tuteledge he performed as soloist with the Colorado SpringsSymphony and Colorado Chorale in Bach's B Minor Mass, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Handel's Messiah and the Faure Requiem. He has also sung performances of Brahms'
Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Mississippi Chorus and Symphony Orchestra and the Vaughan-Williams Five Mystical Songs. Other solo roles include performances inVerdi's Requiem, Charpentier's Mass for Christmas Eve, Mozart Requiem, and Mass in C. Operatically he has sung the roles of Gianni Schicci, Papgeno in Die Zauberflote,
Count Almaviva in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Valentine in Gounod's Faust.
Six of his compositions are extended works. The Canticle of the Sun, a thirty minute work for SATB choir, brass quintet and percussion and organ, (since re-scored fororchestra) was composed in 1996 for the The All-Collegiate Choir and Capital Brass and the MS Music Educators and MS ACDA conference at the University of Southern
Mississippi. Requiem: A Mass for All Saints, for choir and soloists, chamber orchestra, organ and percussion received its premiere at Delta State University inMississippi. He has received commissions to compose music for several churches across the US. Most notably, they include O Nata Lux, Opus 41, for choir, orchestra
and organ, composed for the First United Methodist Church in Lancaster, PA and An American Triptych, premiered at the 2002 Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.
His Summer in Winter- A Cantata for Christmas, for orchestra and chorus was premiered on December 12, 2004 in Lancaster, PA by Dr. Brian Norcross and the 1stMethodist Church Chancel Choir and orchestra. The Spirit of Harford for chamber orchestra and chorus was composed for the Harford Choral Society's fiftieth anniversary
His music has been performed at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and at the White House. In May of 1997, the Delta State University Choraleintroduced his choral music to European audiences during its Twelve Days in May European choral tour in Heidelberg, Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, and Vienna. His
compositions are published by St. James Music Press, Voice of the Rockies, and Lorelei Music.
He has conducted choirs and orchestras in well-known works such as Messiah and Elijah, several Mozart Masses, Brahms' Requiem, Verdi's Requiem, and Vaughan-Williams' Hodie. In 1996 he was asked to appear as guest conductor for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra featuring works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. He has
served on the Mississippi Opera Board of Directors, and was appointed as director for the Mississippi Opera Chorus for the 1996 season.
Mr. Clarke founded ANAM CARA-The Chamber Choir of Idaho, a non-profit choral organization in 1999. This group of sixteen singers performed in a series of concerts throughout the state of Idaho and in the International Choral Festival in Pocatello. ANAM CARA performed in Dublin, Ireland, where they joined famed organist, Diane Bish
in taping television broadcasts of The Joy of Music, which was released nationwide on PBS in July, 2000. ANAM CARA released their first CD in 1999 that included cutsfrom live performances in Ireland and the United States.
Until 2003 he served as the artistic director and conductor of the then eighty-six member Harford Choral Society and 16-member chamber chorale in Bel Air, Maryland. He conducted these groups with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra major choral/orchestral works including his own.
Performances by the Harford Choral Society works include Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah and Coronation Anthems, the Mozart Requiem, Rutter’s Te Deum, Vaughan-Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, and Schubert’s Mass in G. During this time Mr. Clarke was also organist/choirmaster for the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Bel
Air. Recently, he was organist/choirmaster at the Episcopal Church of the Shepherd in Monterey, VA.
Earlier in 2005 he completed St Patrick’s Suite for Strings. It was premiered in November, 2005 in Lancaster, PA by the Franklin and Marshall University orchestra. Allegro- The Chamber Orchestra of Lancaster premiered his Concerto for Trumpet in Feb 2006 and the Concerto for Horn, premiered in of 2006. A repeat performance was
presented in March, 2007. Nocturne for Julia was commissioned, composed and performed in 2007 in Lancaster. His latest commissions include A Cradle Song (text by William Blake) for soprano and harp or piano, and With All the Company of Heaven scored for chorus, brass quintet, woodwinds, organ and percussion.
In addition to composing in his studio atop Paris Mountain in Greenville, SC., he maintains an active schedule as a conductor, singer and vocal coach, choral clinician andadjudicator.
The Vittoria Ensemble:
Vittoria Ensemble is a chamber choir that performs musical works of cultural and historic significance; these will include less frequently performed masterpieces in addition to frequently performed standards. The music that Vittoria Ensemble performs is intended to be challenging, profound and inspiring for both performer and listener, and may include secular, as well as sacred, choral works. Generally such works will be drawn from the various genres that make up classical music, including such older forms as Renaissance Polyphony and Gregorian Chant and extending to contemporary music of the 21st century. Vittoria Ensemble will endeavor to utilize performance practices consistent with that of the composer’s time.
The Vittoria Ensemble is a group of musicians in Denver Colorado that wanted to form a chamber ensemble in 2011. Since that time they have developed a chamber choral sense that encompasses many styles and a diverse repertoire. Currently taking auditions for Soprano and Alto the group is always looking to add good singers to our roster, if you're interested in singing with us please use the contact button above. Our new Artistic Director will contact you for an appointment. Please note that auditions have become more stringent, we are looking for singers who have an exacting sense of pitch and blend and more focused on pure tone vs. dramatic vibrato.
The Vittoria Ensemble is typically directed by Rick Wheeler, who will be singing with the ensemble for this concert!