The Concert Choir presented a riveting performance this weekend with its presentation of Schubert’s Mass in G and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. The concert took place in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, on Sunday, April 1, at 2 p.m.
Rebecca Ryan conducted the choir, and an orchestra made up of students and professionals accompanied.
The addition of a full orchestra really pleased many audience members. Freshman Danielle Carlson said that she “loved how Mrs. Ryan hired an orchestra to accompany the choir. It really added to the overall sound quality and made things even more interesting.”
The concert started with the Mass in G. This was a five movement work, in which three soloists were featured. Sophomore Mathew Anderson, junior Adam Ferrari and senior Brianna Steves were featured at different points throughout the piece.
They sang different solo selections throughout the Mass, but the finest example of the trio’s singing was the “Benedictus.” The three parts wove together in equal parts like a fine cloth.
The Choir performed the sacred work spectacularly. There was an appropriate seriousness with the occasion that did not go unnoticed.
They had a full orchestra, and no part stood out more than the other. The mix of choir and orchestra was a perfect balance. Next on the program was Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. This piece was one continuous flow of five movements.
This was a much more emotional piece, and being contemporary, had a much more modern and emotional feel. The audience enjoyed the concert immensely. The singers and orchestra were met with a rousing standing ovation.
After graduation, a portion of the choir will visit Italy and participate in the Chianti Choral festival and at St. Peter’s Basilica. Donations to support the group were taken at the end of the concert.