Baroque Majesty

Saturday, May 19, 2018 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 20, 2018 3:00 pm

In recent years, Repertory Singers has specialized in performing masterworks from the Baroque and Classical time periods. This year, we continue that tradition with a performance of Baroque masterworks by the two most important composers of the Baroque: G.F. Handel and J.S. Bach.

Handel is represented by two of his most popular compositions, the Coronation Anthems “The King Shall Rejoice” and “Zadok the Priest.” Written in 1727 for the coronation of George II and Queen Caroline, Handel’s Coronation Anthems have been performed at every British coronation since that time, and for good reason: they are the very quintessence of British pomp and majesty.

While Handel’s Coronation Anthems are justly well-known, the “Missa Brevis in g minor” BWV235 of J.S. Bach is surprisingly unknown. This half-hour long setting of the Kyrie and Gloria of the Mass contains music of great depth and beauty, belying its brevity. Scored for choir, soloists, strings and oboes, this is a rare opportunity to hear Bach on a more intimate level than the Great Mass in b minor.

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