2012 Composition Contest Winner Announced

Posted on 16. Jan, 2013 by in News, Repertoire

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Cincinnati Camerata Composition Contest, composer Costas Dafnis and Lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri! Their collaboration bore Virgo Mater Regina, and it caught the eyes and ears of our jury. The Camerata is delighted to offer a performance of the work at the Spring concert here in Cincinnati on April 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm in the main sanctuary of Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church.

Bios:

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Costas Dafnis is a composer of vocal and instrumental music based in the United States.
He has been awarded by New Music USA, The American Prize in Choral Composition, and International Music Prize and is a founding member of Noisi Paintr.

For more information, visit CostasDafnis.com.

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Acclaimed lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri specializes in providing poetry for choral composers. He has collaborated with celebrated composers such as Eric Whitacre, Dan Forrest, Ola Gjeilo, Andrea Ramsey and Tobias Forster. In addition to writing choral lyrics, Silvestri is also an accomplished artist/painter, specializing in replicating Medieval manuscript illumination and recreating the techniques and materials of Gothic and Renaissance painters. He has earned Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees in Ancient and Medieval History from Loyola Marymount University and the University of Southern California.

For more information, visit CharlesAnthonySilvestri.com.

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About the work:

Lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri writes:

I really enjoyed writing this text for the American composer Costas Dafnis. He wanted a text which would tie together the themes of the Marian concert in which it would be premiered. So I created this litany to Our Lady, as Virgin, as Mother, and as Queen.

If you can’t wait until the Camerata Spring concert to hear the work, you can purchase an MP3 recording from Mr. Dafnis’ publishing site, Noisi Paintr here for $0.99!

Timeline:

  • Commissioned by Voces Capituli (Antwerp, Belgium) to commemorate their upcoming 10th anniversary tour of Rome in 2013.
  • February 2012: Completed Virgo Mater Regina, collaboration with poet Charles Anthony Silvestri.
  • June 2012: Virgo Mater Regina featured on The Chant Café (blog of the Church Music Association of America).
  • December 2012: Heartland Chamber Chorale under Dr. Robert Nance performs Virgo Mater Regina throughout Indiana.
  • January 2013: Virgo Mater Regina is published by Walton Music.
  • January 2013: Virgo Mater Regina selected as winner of Cincinnati Camerata 2012 Composition Contest.

Virgo Mater Regina

©2012 by Charles Anthony Silvestri

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I.

Maria Virgo,
“Fiat mihi” tuum
Mundum transformavit;
O Maria,
Ancilla domini,
Virgo purissima,
Gratia plena—
Maria Virgo,
Ora pro nobis!

II.
Maria Mater,
Nutribas nutritorem
Et docebas doctorem;
O Maria,
Mater fidelis,
Janua caeli,
Patrona amoris—
Maria Mater,
Ora pro nobis!

III.
Maria Regina,
In caelo intercede
Pro nobis domini;
O Maria,
Regina pacis,
Domina sanctorum
Et angelorum—
Maria Regina,
Ora pro nobis!

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I.

Maria Virgin,
Your “Let it be”
Transformed the world;
O Maria,
Handmaid of God
Virgin most pure,
Full of grace—
Maria Virgin,
Pray for us!

II.
Maria Mother,
You nurtured the Nurturer
And taught the Teacher;
O Maria,
Faithful mother,
Portal of Heaven,
Mistress of Love—
Maria Mother,
Pray for us!

III.
Maria Queen,
Intercede for us
To the Lord in Heaven;
O Maria,
Queen of peace,
Lady of saints
And of angels—
Maria Queen,
Pray for us!

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