Ancient Egyptians were just as enchanted with music as we are today. They believed that the goddess Hathor invented music and that Osiris then used it to civilize the world; we believe it has power "to soothe the savage breast." Our shared love of music serves as the inspiration for the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus
' fifth concert of the season, The Ancients Speak -- Egyptian
. The program features a selection of songs inspired by the Egyptians, including Sir Granville Bantock's Songs of Egypt
and Elisabeth Lutyens' "Lament of Isis," from her opera Isis and Osiris
. Former pharaoh Akhenaten even gets another moment in the spotlight when the chorus performs his "Hymn to the Sun" in a musical setting by Danish composer Vagn Holmboe. The concert takes place at 3 p.m. at John Burroughs School (755 South Price Road, Ladue; 636-458-4343 or www.chamberchorus.org
). Tickets are $10 to $28.
Sun., April 13, 3 p.m., 2014