2016–2017 Concert Season
Conceived as a celebration of his marriage, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor was never completed. It stands, however, as an incredible torso with magnificent music from beginning to end. This is Mozart as sheer genius.
The glory of Christmas is celebrated with Magnificat—My Soul Magnifies the Lord by John Rutter, the undisputed master of the Christmas carol. After the traditional candlelight procession the audience is treated to traditional carols, plus The St. Louis Children’s Choirs under the direction of Barbara Berner, all combining to create the perfect holiday experience. Sponsored in part by Emerson and Boeing Employee Community Fund.
Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, also called Vespers, includes some of the most divine a cappella music ever written. The texts include several psalm settings as well as familiar hymns including Gloria in excelsis, Ave Maria, Magnificat, and Nunc dimittis. Our performance in 1997 was described in the Post as “sublime, lingering in the far reaches of the building like so many gorgeous sunsets.” Rachmaninoff’s music is about beauty, “not for its own sake or for the aesthetic pleasure of those in attendance, but as a foretaste and sign of the Heavenly Kingdom.” This promises to be a sublime experience.
The Bach Festival returns after many years’ absence and will celebrate the breadth of Bach’s work in numerous venues across the city of St. Louis. The Festival will include several collaborations and unique events including a Young Artists Recital, Bach Chamber Music by Candlelight, a Bach jazz concert, a program of Bach organ works and Negro spirituals featuring soprano Marlissa Hudson, and even a performance of Bach’s mini-opera, the Coffee Cantata! Stay tuned as new details develop!
As the climax to our Bach Festival 2017, we present Bach’s rarely heard Christmas Oratorio, a collection of six cantatas for the feast days of the Christmas season. The Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra will be joined by outstanding Baroque soloists from across the country.