The MIT Concert Choir presents the East Coast premiere of The Listeners by Pulitzer-Prize and GRAMMY®-award winning composer Caroline Shaw. This work for chorus, orchestra, and vocal soloists is a response to Carl Sagan’s Golden Record, launched into space within a NASA Voyager probe in 1977. The Listener’s libretto spans five centuries of poetry in English as well as recorded excerpts from the record as well a speech by Sagan. The Concert Choir will also present Baroque gems by Handel, Purcell, and Zelenka.
Dixit Dominus ZWV 66 by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Laudate pure Dominum HWV 237 by George Frideric Handel
Welcome to all the pleasures (1683) Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day by Henry Purcell
The Listeners by Caroline Shaw