Philomusica's May concerts celebrate its 50th Anniversary Season and include the premier performance of composer Norman Noll’s “Songs of Experience”. Based on poems by British poet and artist William Blake, “Songs of Experience” was commissioned by Philomusica in honor of its 50th Anniversary concert season (2018-2019). These poems are part of a collection of two set of poems which describe childhood innocence and wonder in “Songs of Innocence”, and the loss of that innocence and shift toward a more cynical outlook as life experience is gained in “Songs of Experience”. The May concerts also includes “Christ lag in Todesbanden” by Bach, which was the first piece sung in the first concert of the newly-formed eight-member Philomusica on May 23, 1969. In addition, Philomusica will perform “Ave Verum Corpus” and “Te Deum Laudamus”, by Mozart. A string ensemble of two violins, two violas, cello and bass, along with organ, will accompany these selections.