Joseph Jongen, Messe en l’honneur du Saint-Sacrement
Patricia Van Ness, Nocturnes
Daniel Pinkham, Christmas Cantata
A Commonwealth Composer concert
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8pm
Church of the Holy Name
1689 Centre Street
West Roxbury , MA
Sound the trumpets!
We kick off our second season as Commonwealth Chorale with three glorious works for chorus and brass ensemble. Belgian composer Joseph Jongen’s sumptuous Messe en l’honneur du Saint-Sacrement interlaces counterpoint, lush harmonies, and plainsong melodies for chorus with brass and organ accompaniment evoking Gabrieli.
We also feature works by two Commonwealth Composers. Patricia Van Ness’s Nocturnes, which we commissioned in 2000, invites us to explore the night, weaving ethereal Latin chants that draw upon elements of medieval and Renaissance music. And Daniel Pinkham fuses early music and contemporary styles in his festive Christmas Cantata, an audience favorite since its debut in 1957.
The Jongen Messe will be accompanied by organist Heinrich Christensen, Music Director, King’s Chapel, Boston. Patricia Van Ness will give a short talk at the start of the program.
This concert is sponsored by a generous gift from Timothy and Jane Gillette.