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Note from Music Director,
Dr. Jon Brotherton

Dear Choral Society,

After a pause of more than a year, there is finally some hope on the horizon for a return to singing together.

The board will meet this spring to discuss the possibility of resuming activities in early autumn 2021. Of course this depends on continued improvement, expected lifting of restrictions on gathering, and other factors. Until then, please continue to practice safety and stay healthy.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Meredith Gornto at Meredith.Gornto@greensboro-nc.gov

   
Date TBD "Requiem in D Minor" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Christ United Methodist
410 N. Holden Rd
Greensboro, NC
7:30pm

A Requiem, or Requiem Mass, is the mass in Catholic liturgy dedicated to the repose of the souls of the dead, typically in the setting of a funeral. Musical arrangements of the typical elements of a Requiem Mass are also called Requiems and the term has ultimately become synonymous with other compositions dealing with death and mourning.

It is in this context that one might find it sadly apropos that Mozart received the commission to compose his Requiem in D Minor after he was already terminally ill himself. Indeed, he tragically died at the age of 35 before completing the work. There are 12 movements in the Requiem, but Mozart himself only fully completed the second movement (Kyrie.) Fortunately, he had progress on many other sections of the piece and ultimately, one of his students, Franz Sussmayr was able to complete the work in 1792.

As one might expect, Mozart's death during the composition of this work let to conflicting accounts and other drama surrounding it's completion and promotion. Suffice it to say that regardless of the veracity of the various post-composition claims, this piece retains the majesty and intent of the master himself and has become a beloved staple of the classical choral literature.

   
November 8, 2019 "Messiah" by George Frideric Handel
First Baptist Church
1000 West Friendly Ave
Greensboro, NC
7:30pm
If one "Googles" the phrase "Father of the Oratorio," the entry for George Frideric Handel is at the top of the list. Handel is one of the best-loved Baroque composers and was born in Germany, though he ultimately became a citizen of the United Kingdon and lived in London. He composed Messiah in 1741 and though it wasn't an immediate hit, it grew in popularity over time. It is now one of the quintessential Baroque works and is a mainstay of the often performed choral literature, making annual appearences around the world as the holiday season approaches. Audiences have been thrilled by this work and standing in unison for the Hallelujah chorus for nearly 270 years and will likely be doing so for another 270 and beyond.
May 18, 2019 "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff
Dana Auditorium
710 Levi Coffin Dr
Greensboro, NC
7:30pm
Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff in 1935 and 1936, based on 24 poems from the medieval collection Carmina Burana. Its full Latin title is Carmina Burana: Cantiones profanæ cantoribus et choris cantandæ comitantibus instrumentis atque imaginibus magicis ("Songs of Beuern: Secular songs for singers and choruses to be sung together with instruments and magical images"). It is part of Trionfi, a musical triptych that includes Catulli Carmina and Trionfo di Afrodite. The first and last movements of the piece are called "Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi" ("Fortune, Empress of the World") and start with the very well known "O Fortuna".
November 11, 2018 "The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace" by Karl Jenkins
Christ United Methodist
410 N. Holden Rd
Greensboro, NC
3:00pm
The Armed Man is a Mass by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, subtitled "A Mass for Peace". The piece was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum for the Millennium celebrations, to mark the museum's move from London to Leeds, and it was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. Like Benjamin Britten's War Requiem before it, it is essentially an anti-war piece and is based on the Catholic Mass, which Jenkins combines with other sources, principally the 15th-century folk song "L'homme armé" in the first and last movements. It was written for SATB chorus with soloists (soprano and muezzin) and a symphonic orchestra. Guy Wilson, then master of the museum, selected the texts for the mass.

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