Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn & the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra performBeethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mass in (D) under the direction of Nicholas Armstrong at Saint Ann and the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn Heights.
Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn partners again with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra for two spring concerts on May 31, 2013 and June 2, 2013. Led by Music Director Jason Asbury, the chorale makes its home at Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights performing several concerts each year throughout Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra performs numerous orchestral and chamber concerts throughout the year at St. Ann’s Church, under the direction of Nicholas Armstrong, Artistic Director.
“The BSO is looking forward to another exciting concert with Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn,” said Armstrong, BSO’s Artistic Director. “You can’t beat the energy of a full orchestra performing with a large chorus, and previous collaborations have always been highlights of our season.”
The Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123 was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven from 1819 to 1823. It was first performed on 7 April 1824 in St. Petersburg, Russia, under the auspices of Beethoven's patron Prince Nikolai Galitzin; an incomplete performance was given in Vienna on 7 May 1824, when the composer conducted the Kyrie, Credo, and Agnus Dei. It is generally considered to be one of the composer's supreme achievements. The soloists performing with the orchestra and the chorale in this performance of the Missa Solemnis are Katherine Whyte - Soprano, Nichole Peyreigne - Mezzo-soprano, Nicholas Simpson - Tenor, and David Won - Baritone.
In its 36th season, with over 75 members, Grace & Spiritus Chorale performs traditional and innovative musical programs from early music through the twenty-first century. This past January, the Chorale performed three settings of the Latin mass: Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Helen Watson Henderson's Missa Brevis and the Miss Luba, a Congolese mass setting. In addition, the Chorale has commissioned and performed new works by living composers; our recent commissions include new music by composers Matthew Henning, the Chorale’s Assistant Music Director, Julian Grant and Jonathan Elliott.
The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1973, is a mix of talented amateur, semiprofessional, and professional musicians is made up of people from all walks of life who play for the sheer joy of the experience. During Mr. Armstrong’s tenure, the orchestra has grown into one of the most respected community groups in the metropolitan area. Armstrong is active as an opera and symphony conductor, violinist, and vocal coach. He has worked with Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Norman Del Mar, Nino Rota, and Otto Werner Mueller.
Tickets are $15.00, $12.00, seniors and students, available online or at the venue on the day of performance www.graceandspiritus.org or to www.brooklynsymphonyorchestra.org St. Ann’s Church is located at 157 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Grace & Spiritus Chorale is supported, in part by the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs.