The Truman State University Orchestra and Cantoria present two short choral-orchestral masterworks, JS Bach’s magnificent Magnificat and John Rutter’s lush Requiem, on Saturday, April 7, 8:00 pm, in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. A suggested donation of $5 for general admission and $3 for students and youth will be collected at the door prior to the concert.
English composer and conductor John Rutter is known for his work with the Cambridge Singers and for writing approachable music. His Requiem, written in 1985 and dedicated to the composer’s father, melds mystery with beauty, lush choral writing with a chamber orchestra, and a touch of intensity with peacefulness. Soprano Lindsey Lang joins the choir and orchestra for this beautiful piece.
JS Bach’s Magnificat, a well-known and celebrated Christmas piece, sets the “Song of Mary” text, when Mary praises God upon learning that she will bear God’s son. As the trumpets, timpani, flutes, oboes, and strings resound a joyous introduction, the Magnificat pulls the listener immediately into Bach’s world of grandeur. The following 11 concise movements alternate soloists with the choir, and very fast music with more contemplative movements, all with the deep insight and musical genius of Bach. One of the most significant short works from the choral-orchestral repertoire, Magnificat is an uplifting celebration of the mystery of life.
Join Cantoria, the University Orchestra, faculty soloists Elaine AuBuchon, Jacqueline Collett and Jeffrey Seppala, guest soloist Lindsey Lang, alumni soloists Lisa Blake and Frank Fleschner, and conductor Mark Jennings for an evening of unforgettable and life-affirming music.