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Hudson Chorale Concert at Maryknoll in Ossining ~ “Hudson Chorale Goes Classic”

Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart—Glorious music in a glorious space

Hudson Chorale returns to the Chapel at Maryknoll with full orchestra and soloists for two performances of great classical music Saturday, Jan. 25, and Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m.  Hudson Chorale and Maestro Ira Spaulding have embarked on an exploration of great German composers, with the support of a grant from the Westchester Community Foundation. The program includes masses by “Papa” Haydn and Beethoven, and Mozart’s little jewel Ave Verum Corpus. Maryknoll is at 55 Ryder Road in Ossining.

In this resonant space, the music will be presented by four guest soloists, a 35-piece orchestra and a chorus of 60 singers. “This program features extensive interplay between the soloists, orchestra and chorus,” says Spaulding. “They all get a chance to shine.”

Haydn’s Missa in tempori belli (Mass in Time of War) reflects the emotion and drama of its time and place – written in Austria at a time when the country was losing its war against France and feared invasion. It’s also called Paukenmesse (Timpani Mass) for its dramatic use of this instrument.

Beethoven’s Mass in C was commissioned by an Austrian prince whose family had previously employed Haydn as its music director for many years. Arguably the greatest and most innovative composer of the classical/romantic period, Beethoven nonetheless worried mightily about following in Haydn’s footsteps – and indeed, the prince himself was not pleased with the work. But other critics praised its directness and emotional appeal, with one describing it as the “expression of a childlike, serene mind.”

Spaulding describes Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, only about 3-1/2 minutes long, as a gem – tranquil yet captivating. “It takes genius to do this, and we are in the presence of genius here,” he says.

Following the concert, the audience is invited to an informal reception to meet and chat with the conductor, soloists, orchestra and chorus members while enjoying some delicious refreshments, a long-standing Hudson Chorale tradition. Ticket Prices: Advance Sale-$25; Door-$30; Students-$10. Advance Sale tickets can be purchased online at www.HudsonChorale.org or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Handicap parking is available at the venue. For additional chorus or event information, visit the chorus’s website.