The featured soloists at Sunday's Chorus of Westerly concerts come highly recommended - by The New York Times, in fact. The Times described soprano Sherezade Panthaki's interpretations as "mining deep emotion from the subtle shaping of the lines." The paper opined that Matthew Worth's baritone was "fully powered and persuasively expressive."
As for Sunday's show - the first of the wonderful chorus' 55th season - it will showcase John Rutter's Mass of the Children and Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna.
Rutter wrote "Mass of the Children" after his son died unexpectedly, and it uses both a children's choir and adult singers. The piece melds English texts with the Latin Missa Brevis liturgy.
Lauridsen, meanwhile, describes his composition this way: "Lux Aeterna - Eternal Light - is an intimate work of quiet serenity centered around a universal symbol of hope, reassurance, goodness and illumination at all levels."
The Chorus of Westerly will be accompanied by the Festival Orchestra and led by conductor Andrew Howell. Howell will also give a free pre-concert lecture at noon Saturday, followed by an open rehearsal at 1:30 p.m.
- KRISTINA DORSEY
The Chorus of Westerly, 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday, George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St., Westerly; $22-$65; (401) 596-8663.