Park Slope Singers Winter Concert
The program includes J.S. Bach's Lutheran Mass in G Minor, BWV235, which the composer assembled from movements of three of his cantatas; his motet Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden,BWV230, a breathtaking fugal high-wire act; and for contrast Handel's wonderfully idolatrous Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne.
With Madeline Apple Healey, Soprano, Clifton Massey, Countertenor, Scott Mello, Tenor, and Steven Hrycelak, Bass. Saturday's performance will feature an orchestra with period instruments. On Sunday an organ will accompany the singers.
The two Bach pieces show the composers range and recognizable style. The Mass is at once lively and sonorous. His fugues throughout feature overlapping voices with smoothly shifting harmonies, some of which foretell 20th century jazz as the strings and singers converse back and forth. The final movement is dynamic as the voices and instruments separate and recombine joy. The motet leaps across the page with soaring notes and range as the piece moves from a lively repeated theme into a comforting lullaby before ending boldly in a final Alleluia fugue that passes from voice to voice.
Handels Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne celebrates the queen who fixed a lasting peace on earth in celebration of the end of the War of Spanish Succession. The voices are grateful to their Queen and triumphant in victory with lovely vocal suspensions placed against swiftly moving themes.
We will be performing two concerts of this delightful program under the direction of Elena Williamson.
January 25 @ 3pm in Park Slope, Brooklyn, at Old First Church (729 Carroll St). This is an Arts at Old First Concert. Saturdays performance will feature an orchestra with period instruments. Purchase tickets to Park Slope concert at https://parkslopesingers.brownpapertickets.com
January 26 @3pm in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, at Church of the Good Shepherd (7420 4th Ave). This is part of the Art on the Corner series. On Sunday, an organ will accompany the singers. Purchase tickets to Bay Ridge concert at https://parkslopesingers2.brownpapertickets.com
Tickets for both concerts can be purchased at the door or online.Please note the different links for online sales to each concert.
There will be a reception after each of the concerts. Please join us for snacks, drinks, and conversation. More information about this concert, ticket sales, and the chorus is available at www.parkslopesingers.org
Church of the Good Shepherd (View)
7420 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209
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