April 1: "Mass of the Children" to Feature The Augustana Choir, Angelus
The Augustana Choir, under the direction of Dr. Weston Noble, and Angelus (Women's Choir), under the direction of Dr. Lisa Grevlos, accompanied by Deanna Wehrspann, will perform John Rutter's emotional composition "Mass of the Children" at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church.
Rutter's "Mass of the Children," completed in early 2003, and first performed at New York's Carnegie Hall, is a Missa Brevis – a Latin Mass without a Credo – in five movements and is scored for adult mixed choir, children's choir, soprano and baritone soloists and orchestra. Several additional English texts are also included, and these form a progression from waking to sleeping that runs through the work as a counterpart to the liturgy of the conventional Mass text. The piece does not begin immediately with the Kyrie Eleison but, in keeping with the 'waking to sleeping' theme, opens with the children's choir singing lines from Bishop Thomas Ken's fine morning hymn, 'Awake, my soul, and with the sun', written in about 1674 for the scholars of Winchester College. After the Kyrie comes an exuberant Gloria featuring energetic, unequal rhythms that are typical of Rutter at his liveliest, and then a complete change of mood is introduced with the gently lilting harmonies of the Sanctus and Benedictus.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, and free for Augustana students, faculty and area high-school students with identification and are available at www.augietickets.com.