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Spoleto Festival USA

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June 6, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

Te Deum, the early Christian hymn of praise, has been set to music by composers for centuries. Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum, written in 1743 to celebrate King George II’s triumphant return from defeating France in battle, features all the radiance and intricacy of Baroque choral music. Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s haunting setting, written in 1985, mimics the effortless harmonies associated with bells, paired with their anomalous overtones. The Westminster Choir is joined by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus for these luminous works written 250 years apart, a pairing perfectly suited to fill the gothic-style arches at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.