Tickets are now available for the South Florida Premiere of composer Dan Forrest’s recently completed Jubilate Deo for chorus and orchestra, a global celebration of joy. The work will be performed three times, in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and Boca Raton by the Nova Singers (which include Miami on the Cheap publisher Teresa Mears).
The composition is from the Psalm 100 text “O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands,” and Forrest makes use of seven languages, drawing from a wide spectrum of musical influences. Each movement combines characteristics of its language-group’s musical culture with the composer’s own musical style. The result is a magnificent choral collection: a 45-minute global celebration of joy, as all the earth sings as one: “Omnis terra, jubilate!”
“This is one of the most challenging and exciting choral compositions we’ve ever undertaken,” said Chuck Stanley, the Nova Singers’ artistic director. “It is a joyous, multicultural celebration of the psalm text.”
The second half of the program will include other music, including Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and the traditional Quaker hymn “How Can I Keep From Singing.”
The Nova Singers is NSU’s premier community chorus, whose approximately 140 members range from Nova undergraduate students to senior members of the local community. The choir serves as musical ambassadors for the university as its sings around the country and abroad.
Performances will be:
- Friday, March 17: 8 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 370 SW 3rd St., Boca Raton, FL 33432
- Sunday, March 19: 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (pink church), 2331 NE 26th Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33062
- Tuesday, March 21: 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church, 4845 NE 25th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. (Nova students can buy tickets for $5.) You can buy discount advice tickets here.
The Nova Singers have dazzled audiences around the world for 40 years. Previous performance destinations include Carnegie Hall and Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The group’s repertoire ranges from the classics and Broadway hits to modern composers’ original works. Click here to learn more about the Nova Singers and hear samples of the choir’s previous performances.