5/19, ‘To Hope! A Celebration,’ a Mass by Dave Brubeck
Grace Lutheran Church presents:
‘To Hope! A Celebration,’ a Mass by Dave Brubeck
Sunday, May 19, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Palo Alto
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The combined choirs of Grace Lutheran, First Lutheran, and University Lutheran Churches in Palo Alto will sing a mass by the eminent jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck.
Though famous as a jazz artist, the California native Dave Brubeck (1920-2012) was educated and highly skilled as a “classical” musician. He studied piano at what is now the University of the Pacific in Stockton, and after serving in the Second World War, continued his study in composition with the important French composer Darius Milhaud at Mills College in Oakland. (You may know Mills as a women’s college, although it does accept men into its graduate programs and it is exceptionally noted for its faculty in music composition.) Brubeck said of Milhaud: “Milhaud was an enormously gifted classical composer and teacher who loved jazz and incorporated it into his work.”
The mass entitled “To Hope! A Celebration” was composed in the late 1970s and contains elements of jazz and gospel, middle eastern chant, blues, experimental and classical styles (somewhat reminiscent of Leonard Bernstein).
Brubeck himself says in the preface to the printed score: “The heart of the Mass is found in the words themselves, living language full of deep meaning, born from the very human need to know God. It is language shaped by tradition and honed fine by usage, embodying within it the seeds for understanding. I approached the composition as prayer, concentrating upon the phrases, trying to probe beneath the surface, hoping to translate into music the powerful words which have grown through the centuries.
“Emotions that are life, from sorrow to exaltation, were part of my experience in writing To Hope! When the work was completed, I felt a strong sense of wholeness and affirmation. I pray that those who experience the work will share my feelings.”
This fascinating, moving, and rarely-performed work will be accompanied by a jazz combo of piano, bass, trumpet, trombone, and percussion.
Sunday, May 19
Grace Lutheran Church
3149 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, CA, 94306
Free will offering.
Contact: Tim Getz