The opening concert of the Heritage Chorale’s 77th season features masterpieces by two of the greatest composers of the Baroque era, J. S. Bach and George Frideric Handel.
J. S. Bach wrote hundreds of choral works for the Lutheran churches he served, including four settings of the Missa Brevis; the Lutheran liturgy in Bach’s time often included Latin music, such as the “Kyrie” and “Gloria” sections of the Mass, which comprise the movements of Bach’s Missa Brevis. Rarely performed, but stunningly effective, Bach’s Missa Brevis in G major is a joyous and celebratory work, with beautiful choruses, exquisite solo arias, and a rich and vibrant orchestral accompaniment.
George Frideric Handel’s great oratorio Messiah is one of the most well-known choral works of all time. The Heritage Chorale performed Parts I and II of Handel’s Messiah in 2012, and we are delighted to present Part III for this concert. Breathtakingly beautiful arias and magnificent choruses characterize Part III of Messiah; the transcendent “Amen” chorus which ends the work
is considered by many to be one of the finest achievements of all choral music.