Concerts

2016-2017 Concert Season

IN TROUBLED TIMES

Joseph Haydn:  Lord Nelson Mass
David Conte:  September Sun

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 3:00pm

Christ Church
33 Central Street, Andover, MA
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Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass has been praised as Haydn’s greatest single composition. Originally titled Missa in Angustiis (Mass in Troubled Times), Haydn composed this work in 1798 during a terrifying time for Austria because of Napoleon’s threat to the country. The work, by turns anguished, radiant, and jubilant, concludes with an urgent plea for peace. Also on the program is San Francisco-based composer David Conte’s September Sun. Written in memory of those who perished on September 11, 2001, the text by John Stirling Walker forms an acrostic on the line “God dwells in joy in the midst of sorrow.” The performance concludes with Mormon Tabernacle Choir Music Director Mack Wilberg’s gently uplifting arrangement of the African-American spiritual Peace Like a River.

With professional orchestra and soloists.


Susan Consoli, soprano

Susan Consoli
soprano

 

MISATANGO

Martín Palmeri  Misatango (Misa a Buenos Aires)
Domenico Zipoli  Beatus Vir

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 3:00pm

North Andover High School Auditorium
430 Osgood Street, North Andover, MA
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Misatango concert page

Misatango is a brilliant pairing of the ancient Latin Mass text with the exhilarating rhythms and melodic features of Argentinian tango. Composed in 1996, this six-movement work features chorus, mezzo-soprano soloist, bandoneón, piano, and string orchestra. Martín Palmeri, age 51, is a prize-winning Argentinian composer and conductor who wrote that his objective in this composition was to maintain the harmonic language, rhythms, melodic designs, and other characteristics of the tango within the orchestra score, thus allowing the chorus freedom to “just sing the mass.” The program also features Domenico Zipoli’s exuberant Beatus Vir as well as works by other Argentinian composers, including Piazzolla, Ginastera, Pablo Sosa. The concert also features tango dances by World Tango Champions and Tony Award nominees Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo! Read Michael Driscoll’s program notes here.

With professional orchestra and soloists.