The Choristers - Northwestern Suburbs of Phila - Auditions For Spring Concert - Bruckner Mass in E Minor
Date: January 11, 2014
Location: Northwestern Suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
The Choristers, one of the premier concert choirs in the Philadelphia suburbs, is accepting appointments to audition potential singers for its spring 2014 concert.
On Saturday April 26, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale, PA, the choir will present two exciting works accompanied by an unusual orchestra of woodwind and brass instruments. The first half of the concert will be Anton Bruckner’s monumental Mass in E Minor. Set for eight voices (SSAATTBB – not double choir), the work was composed in 1866 to celebrate the completion of the Votive Chapel of the Maria-Empfängnis Cathedral in Linz, Austria. Though harmonically rooted in the music of the time, Bruckner worked to have the Mass reflect musical traditions of the past. The “Kyrie” is almost entirely a cappella. The “Gloria” ends with a fugue. In the “Sanctus”, Bruckner used a theme from Palestrina's Missa Brevis. Many commentators believe the Mass in E Minor is a work without parallel in either 19th- or 20th-century church music.
The second half of the concert will be a spectacular new work by the choir’s Composer-In-Residence David Hobbs ~ Jubilate & Te Deum. Accepting the challenge of composing for this unique accompaniment, Mr. Hobbs added three soloists and divided these traditional texts into nine separate movements – employing different forces for the movements. The choir is very excited to participate in the world premiere.
Rehearsals are Friday evenings from 7:30 to 10:00 PM at Supplee Presbyterian Church, 855 E. Welsh Road, Maple Glen, PA. Those interested in joining the choir as a singer should schedule an audition with David M. Spitko, the Artistic Director, at (215) 542-7871 or e-mail him at DSpitko(at)TheChoristers.org. Auditions for the spring concert will be scheduled through Friday January 24, 2013. For more information, go to www.TheChoristers.org.