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Mozart C Minor Mass

With a specially commissioned work by Peter Child

8:00pm May 31, 2013 Jordan Hall

Never finished by Mozart but still a beautiful and fascinating work, Mozart's great Mass in C minor is performed by Chorus pro Musica with full orchestra and soloists. Also performed is the world premiere of a specially-commissioned work by MIT professor Peter Child.

In performance with the New England Philharmonic and Kristen Watson, soprano; Krista River, mezzo-soprano; David Won, tenor; Andrew Garland, baritone.

W.A. Mozart's C minor Mass is his only liturgical work written without commission. He began it as a work of thanksgiving for his marriage in 1782 to Constanze Weber—and to help win his father's approval for that marriage. The Mass was to be premiered in Salzburg upon their first visit to his father, and, though incomplete, it was indeed performed on that occasion, with Constanze as the soprano soloist. It includes some of Mozart's most distinctive religious music, in which his remarkable creativity sparkles with reflections of Handel and Bach, both of whom Mozart was discovering at the time of composition.

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