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The Heavens Are Telling...

posted Jun 5, 2017, 12:45 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Jun 5, 2017, 12:46 PM ]
This week I’ll be singing with the Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale and Community Orchestra as they present two performances of The Heavens Are Telling: Music of the Sublime. The first will be this Friday, June 9
th in Brooklyn Heights’ Church of the Assumption at 8:00 PM, and then it will be repeated on Sunday, June 11th at 4:00 PM in Park Slope's Congregation Beth Elohim.

The program is selections from sacred works, including parts of Bach’s last composition, the Mass in B minor, which has been widely hailed as one of the greatest compositions in musical history. We’ll also perform parts of Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor.

Fauré explained his own Requiem as, “It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience.”

Like opera, an oratorio uses a choir, soloists and orchestra, however, it’s not staged, and the characters don’t interact. Mendelssohn’s Elijah depicts events in the life of the Old Testament prophet from books 1 Kings and 2 Kings.

And of course, as the title suggests, we’ll perform selections from Haydn’s oratorio The Creation, celebrating the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis. I hope you can celebrate with us!