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A Masterworks Concert of Choral Classics
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
Seattle, WA
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We will have tickets available at the door for this concert. Doors are expected to open at 1:00. We hope you will join us next year for our 30th Anniversary season.


A Masterworks Concert of Choral Classics
The program includes:
Lord Nelson Mass in D minor, Missa in angustiis by Franz Joseph Haydn
Coronation Anthem No. 3, The King Shall Rejoice by George Frideric Handel
Magnificat Primo (from Selve Morale e Spirituale) by Claudio Monteverdi

Franz Joseph Haydn's chief biographer, H.C. Robbins-Landon, once hailed the Lord Nelson Mass as "arguably Haydn's single greatest composition." It is one of the six great masses written near the end of Haydn's life which are now seen as a culmination of his sacred compositions. The Mass was originally subtitled, Missa in angustiis," or, Mass in Troubled Times, due to political and financial instability in Europe in 1798. At that time, Napoleon's armies were advancing, and even threatened Vienna, itself.
What Haydn did not know when he wrote this Mass but what he and his audience likely heard on the day of the first performance was that Napoleon had been dealt a stunning defeat by British forces led by Admiral Horatio Nelson. Because of this coincidence, the Mass gradually acquired the nickname Lord Nelson Mass. Lord Nelson himself visited the Esterházy Palace in Vienna, and may have heard the Mass performed. Covering a sizable range of emotions, the Lord Nelson Mass transports us from the greatest depths of despair to a clear and certain joy.

George Frideric Handel's four Coronation Anthems have always been concert favorites. Totally extroverted in tone, they were originally prepared for the coronation of King George II, and were Handel's first commission as a naturalized British citizen. They were repeatedly performed at concerts and festivals during his life and since, and he incorporated substantial parts of them into several of his oratorios, The musical forces that Handel used were substantial for the times, and quite suitable for the reverberant acoustics at Westminster Abbey. The third anthem, The King Shall Rejoice, uses a text from Psalm 21, and matches the pomp and grandeur of the royal event held in 1727 at the Abbey.

Without doubt, Claudio Monteverdi was the greatest of the early baroque European composers. He revolutionized the music of the theatre and the church by his dramatic and imaginative use of voices and instruments and by his daring harmonies and rhythms.
Next to his Vespers of 1610, the Selva morale e spirituale of 1641 is Monteverdi's most significant and virtuosic collection of sacred music. The Seattle Choral Company will present one of the most captivating settings of the Magnificat text, contained within the Selva compilation. It is scored for six-part choir, strings and organ continuo, and will feature three florid duets for sopranos, tenors and baritones.

We expect to close online sales at midnight before the day of the concert; we will post a message at that time concerning ticket availability at the door.

ADVANCE PURCHASE prices (seating is non-reserved): $25 General, $20 Senior (65 and over), $10 Youth (up to 25). All tickets $2 additional at the door. Special Group Rates are available for advance sales to groups of 8 or more. Call 206-363-1100 for more information.



St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
1245 10th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
United States

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Music > Choral
Music > Classical

Minimum Age: 5
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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