Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
The St. Charles Singers will launch its 34th concert season this fall with a new installment of the professional chamber choir’s “Mozart Journey,” its multiyear project to perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s complete sacred choral music.
The mixed-voice ensemble, conducted by founder and music director Jeffrey Hunt, and the Metropolis Chamber Orchestra will present “Mozart Journey XII” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles; and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 397 Fulton St., Elgin.
“Audiences will hear some of Mozart’s lesser-known but most transcendent choral works,” Hunt says.
Featuring a choir of 32 voices, the twelfth installment in the Mozart Journey series offers music that will appeal to those who enjoy Mozart’s symphonies and operas, notes Hunt.
The Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento (Litany in Honor of the Blessed Sacrament) in B-flat Major, K. 125, enlists soprano, alto, tenor, and bass soloists; four-part chorus; and an orchestra of woodwinds, brass, and strings, with organ accompaniment.
A highlight of Mozart’s festive Regina coeli (Queen of Heaven) in C Major, K. 108, is a delicate, demanding operatic soprano solo with florid passages and wide vocal leaps. The uplifting final movement has been compared to a miniature symphony finale.
Mozart’s Misericordias Domini (Mercies of the Lord) in D Minor, K.222, has been described as a “masterpiece of counterpoint.” Mozart wrote it to demonstrate his skill at writing multiple melody lines that work perfectly together.
A pre-concert lecture by Wheaton College Professor of Music Jonathan Saylor will begin an hour before each Mozart Journey performance.
Tickets and general information about the St. Charles Singers are available at www.stcharlessingers.com or by calling (630) 513-5272.
St. Charles Singers will launch their 34th season this fall with a new installment of their multi-season project to explore the complete sacred choral music of Mozart (photo courtesy of St. Charles Singers).