Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: Hiob (Job)
Demetrius Spaneas: becoming
About the Concert
Andover Choral Society opens its 92nd season with Antonio Vivaldi’s brilliant and beloved Gloria; a melodious and masterfully crafted cantata by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (the talented sister of composer Felix Mendelssohn); and the world premiere of a new choral work commissioned by Andover Choral Society, becoming, by local composer Demetrius Spaneas.
Originally commissioned by the Andover Choral Society for our 90th anniversary season in 2020, we were unable to perform becoming due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This work considers some of mankind’s oldest questions: Who are we? Where did we come from? Why are we here? Drawing on texts from ancient Indian Hinduism, Greek and Roman mythology, Sufi mysticism, and the Book of Genesis, becoming explores the idea of creation as a spiritual evolution of humankind as well as our relationship with our world and all of creation.