Concert threads | March 2015

Antonín Dvořák: Mass in D, large and small
Dvořák’s Mass in D was commissioned for the 1887 consecration of a small private chapel. He wrote it for chorus and organ in a small venue and later, at the insistence of his publishers, arranged it for chorus and orchestra. The orchestral Mass in D was a huge success; the original organ version was not published until 1964.
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Antonin Dvorak
Antonín Dvořák
Mass and Magnificat  |  March 28-29, 2015
Antonín Dvořák’s Mass in D major, composed in 1887, was an immediate and lasting success in its orchestrated version. The Singers will perform Dvořák’s original version for chorus and organ, which was not published until 1963. Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat (1989), for chorus a cappella, is a gentle, minimalist work that develops unexpected power and presence. Also on the program are two works of Felix Mendelssohn (Verleih’ uns Frieden and Hear My Prayer), Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria, Charles Villiers Stanford’s Te Deum in B-flat, and John Tavener’s Song for Athene, performed as the recessional at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015 — Central Congregational Church, Providence  (Directions)
3 p.m. Sunday, Sunday, March 29, 2015 — St Mary's Church, Bristol  (Directions)
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