Commonwealth Chorale Presents “Fate and Faith”
March 10 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
In March, we explore fate and faith through the richly expressive music of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s Lobgesang, Johannes Brahms’s Schicksalslied, and Felix
Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42.
The concert will be with Professional Orchestra.
Dana Lynne Varga, Soprano Soloist
Conducted by Artistic Director Dr. Michael Driscoll
General Admission $40; Students $10; EBT/WIC Cards- Free at Door
Open Seating – Purchase tickets online at: https://events.humanitix.com/test-event-n66hoxj7
ABOUT THE CONCERT
Choral music of the 19th century is well known for its melodic, romantic and expressive elements, often exploring themes of faith and fate. Our March concert provides a delicious feast from two of this period’s best known composers, Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn, and a third, Fanny Mendelsshohn Hensel, who but for the social mores of her day, would likely be as well known.
To celebrate her son’s birth, Hensel wrote Lobgesang using biblical texts to create a choral symphony celebrating spirituality and praising life. Given the hazards of child-birth in her time, perhaps Hensel’s music also celebrates trust in fate and a leap of faith! Brahms’ much loved Schicksalslied is an elegant choral setting of a poem with the same name (Song of Destiny); it, too, explores the joys of human existence and the cruel whims of fate. Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 provides vivid visual and sensual imagery of a stag or deer, likening its desire for fresh water to the soul’s need for God and encouraging the reader to have faith that God will provide.
Whatever your religious or theological beliefs, the rich harmonic textures, expressive melodies, and meticulous craftsmanship of these compositions, with their balance of classical form and romantic sentiment, will lift your spirits and feed your soul!