Fall 2015: The Choristers will be the first non-professional concert choir to present Kile Smith’s exquisite Vespers (2008) The choir will be accompanied by Piffaro, the renaissance wind band which commissioned the work. Mr. Smith wrote about his Vespers, “I have loved the Lutheran liturgy from childhood. So I was thrilled when, during discussions with Piffaro, it was suggested the composition be inspired by the musical ﬂowering of the Lutheran Reformation. That idea became Vespers.” While rooted in the 21st century, one can hear Gregorian chant was in Mr. Smith’s ear while he was composing the work. Performing the work requires the singers to have extraordinary focus on unity of vowel production, pitch as well as the independence of each vocal line. After the concert Mr. Smith and The Choristers hope that when word gets out that Vespers is accessible to better volunteer choirs, the work will receive the greater attention it deserves.
Spring 2016: A wealth of scrumptious choral music accompanied by a 30 piece orchestra! The concert will start with Haydn’s Te Deum ~ a magnificent work by Haydn composed late in his career. It represents both his prodigious talent and maturity as a composer. Te Deum will be directed by the choir’s Associate Director Kelly Wyszomierski.
Second, the choir will present a work sometimes called Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra. This 20 minute piece is actually a piano concerto for the first 15 minutes. It is only toward the end that five soloists and the choir join the forces for a spectacular ending which represents Beethoven’s initial efforts at the musical theme and lyrics which would eventually become the ending of his famous Ninth Symphony. Beethoven himself played the piano part at the work’s premiere. The choir’s accompanist, Michelle Enos, will be the soloist.
After reconfiguring itself into a double choir formation, the choir will present Mozart’s uncompleted Mass in C Minor. When Mozart was convincing his eventual wife (Constance) to marry him despite significant resistance from her family, he promised her a new mass if she said yes. While they did become husband and wife, we do not know what prevented him from completing the work. The Credo comes to an end after the first two movements, and even these have been handed down incomplete. The original scores of the Sanctus/Hosanna and the Benedictus are lost, and the Agnus Dei was never composed. Famed musicologist Robert D. Levin completed the work in 2005 making use of Mozart’s sketches for the Mass in C Minor and drawing musical ideas from the cantata Davide penitente K. 469, written two years after the Mass and which borrowed material from it. This will be a concert to remember! Come join us!