Mozart_musicrev_DukeSunday, December 6 at 3 & 5:30pm
Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church
Mark Mangini, Conductor

Cherry Duke sings the role of Mary.

Ottorino Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, a cantata by the gifted melodist known for his “Pines” and “Fountains” of Rome, in two holiday-season performances with other festive works. Sung in Italian with chamber orchestra.

About the piece

“In 1930 Ottorino Respighi composed Lauda per la Natività del Signore, the only sacred choral piece among his works. In this song of praise to the miracle of Christmas majestic sounding choral passages alternate with the soloistic roles of Maria, the Angel and the shepherd, accompanied by the sound of pastoral instruments. The music is varied, containing stylistic elements ranging from the late romantic to neo baroque, as well as echoes of Gregorian chant. And towering above all is Respighi’s trademark: the art of orchestration.” (from