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Join us for our exciting eighth season!

"Foundations and Cornerstones"

Music of Bach, Brahms, and Mozart

Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral

13th & Broadway
Kansas City, Missouri

In choral music, at least, almost everything we have in that giant, expansive oeuvre from which we select our music is built on or around or in development of or reaction to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, and a precious few others.

In our final concert of the season we have chosen from J. S. Bach a masterwork, his eleven-movement motet "Jesu, meine Freude" (BWV 227).  Bach alternates, by movement, stanzas of the quoted chorale with passages from Romans 8.  It is the longest of the motets, and is nearly double the number of movements in most of his cantatas.

From Mozart we select two unusual works, both Offertories to be inserted into the Mass. "Venite populi, Venite" is for two four part choirs, violins, and continuo, a grouping of instruments often referred to as a 'Salzburg Trio' .

Much later in his life Mozart produced "Misericordias Domini" for four voice parts, violins, and continuo. It is a work of brilliance and contrapuntal complexity, and a sheer delight to hear, as Mozart interweaves theme after theme after theme.

Brahms has given us two very different compositions, one from early in his career and written for his women's choir in Hamburg.  "Vier Gesange" (Op. 17) calls for four part women's voices, two horns, and harp. Brahms collects four beautiful and contrasting poems, from both lesser and noted poets: Ruperti (1805-67), Shakespeare (1564-1616), Eichendorf (1788-1857), and "Ossian" (ca. 3rd cent.) and J. Macpherson (1736-96).  All of the Four Songs are laments.    

Gifted mezzo-soprano Rachael Colman joins Musica Vocale for "Rhapsody" (Op. 53).  In "Rhapsody" Brahms selects three verses from Goethe's larger poem "Harzreise im Winter" that deal with the "outsider" as lost in this existence. The "Rhapsody" was composed for alto (and is often identified as Alto Rhapsody), men's chorus and a rather full orchestra. For this concert we are choosing to use piano, a choice Brahms often affirmed in many situations.


Past concerts this season...

Concert with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble

Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection


"The Struggle to be Heard"

Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral

"Contemporary Viewpoints"

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral

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