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In the Moon of Wintertime: Christmas with Ars Nova

December 9, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

$5 – $25

In the Moon of Wintertime: Christmas with Ars Nova
Thomas Edward Morgan, conductor

Free your earthbound imagination with the Colorado premiere of “The Consolation of Apollo” by Kile Smith. This work celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, which entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, 1968. That evening, the astronauts held a live broadcast in which they showed the first pictures of the Earth as seen from their spacecraft, and took turns reading from the first verses of the book of Genesis. None of them were prepared for the spellbinding moment when they would first see their home planet rise from behind the desolate lunar horizon. Said Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, “The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth.” Philadelphia composer Kile Smith intersperses transcripts of the Apollo 8 communications with selections from “The Consolation of Philosophy” by Boethius (480–524), the sixth-century writer’s musings on our place in the universe. The result is a choral work of extraordinary depth and beauty, a moving tribute to this seminal moment in human history.

The second half of the program will offer unusual, rarely heard music for the holiday season with Ars Nova’s unique flair, balancing novelty, tradition, and familiar melodies with innovative new sounds. Come on this exceptional journey and celebrate the season with us!

Performances are sponsored by the Millstone Evans Group of Raymond James.


December 9, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$5 – $25
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Saint Paul Community of Faith
1600 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203 United States
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