CHRISTMAS CONCERT GALA | 12.15.17
MOZART'S CORONATION MASS
Wolfie was a little down on his luck in 1779. After a disastrous trip to Paris, he had to come back to his home town of Salzburg. His dad was able to get him a job at the local cathedral as court organist and composer. The Archbishop at the time had very specific musical tastes. He wanted even the most solemn Mass to last no longer than 45 minutes, a form know as "Missa Brevis" or Short Mass while using the full orchestration and musical grandeur of the longer "Missa Solemnis" or Solemn Mass. Mozart met this challenge beautifully, and composed his Mass in C Major K.317. It is almost certain that this Mass made its debut on Easter Sunday that same year, although it's nickname "The Coronation Mass" wouldn't come until much later.
It is not entirely clear where the Mass in C K.317 acquired its royal nickname. There are references to this nickname as early as 1862, and there have been a few theories as to where the title may have originated. Current scholarship attributes the title to the work being performed at the coronation of either Leopold II or Franz I of Austria. Whatever its origins, the title does in fact capture the majesty and grandeur of this classical masterpiece.
SOUNDS AWESOME, BUT WHY SING IT ON A CHRISTMAS CONCERT?
The Coronation Mass is just one of countless sacred musical works that have been written over the course of centuries for our faith tradition. It's glorious grandeur captures the spirit and joy of Christmas, while it's short length makes it easy to enjoy and appreciate even by those that may not be "classical music buffs". Our goal is to present a program that not only includes those melodies that are near and dear to our hearts, but also to expand the horizons of our concert goers and community.
WILL THERE BE CAROLS & POPULAR TUNES TOO?
YES! In fact, about two thirds of the program will be the christmas music you know and love. This concert is meant to be family friendly, so there will be sing-a-longs, carols, and even a couple popular christmas tunes from the radio.