SWCS presents a concert featuring two Mozart masterpieces and a recently composed celebration of singing.
Behind the Great C Minor Mass lies a love story. Mozart told his father of his vow to compose a mass to be sung in Salzburg when he could bring Constanze, the love of his life, home as his new wife to meet his father.
Constanze was a trained singer and Mozart lovingly showcased her wide range and superb vocal skill as one of the soprano soloists in the mass, in particular, the heavenly ‘Et incarnatus est’ section which she duly sang at the partial première in 1783 in Salzburg’s Abbey Church. In fact Mozart never completed the whole mass but the wonderful music he did write – with its grand choral and orchestral textures, lively fugue, solo ensembles and expressive solos - is every bit as compelling as his other great unfinished work – the Requiem.
The strings of the Chameleon Arts Orchestra open the concert with Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Mozart’s ever popular ‘little serenade’- full of elegance, joie-de-vivre and romance.
SWCS’s musical director, international award winning composer Janet Wheeler, is increasingly in demand for her composition and the first half is completed with her cantata I Sing and Ever Shall, commissioned in 2016 by Southampton Philharmonic Choir. This exciting celebration of the power and joy of singing includes words from great poets Robert Herrick, Emily Dickinson, Rabindranath Tagore, Abraham Cowley and Sara Teasdale. The music is melodic, often dance-inspired and two movements feature moving solos to be sung by baritone Timothy Nelson. The work builds to a climactic ending on the words of the title ‘I Sing and Ever Shall’, a confident assertion for any choir to embrace.
Soprano soloists Susanna Fairbairn and Katie Trethewey and local tenor, Steve Cass complete the line-up for the Great C Minor Mass, joining choir and orchestra in a programme of contrast, magnificence and tender expression.
The performance is in the wonderful concert setting of Saffron Hall on Saturday 24th March 2018 at 7:30pm. Tickets from the Tourist Information Centre, Saffron Hall, or on the door.