Our 40th Anniversary Concert: How Can We Keep From Singing? promises to be a very special event, indeed! Together with the Centennial Children’s Chorus (Sheri McKelfresh, director), guest soloists and orchestra, the Chorale will perform a wide variety of choral music including John Rutter’s marvelous Mass of the Children and a new work commissioned specifically for the Chorale by internationally-known composer Jake Runestad.
Though he is perhaps best know for his carols and other short pieces, John Rutter also has a number of large-scale works for chorus and orchestra to his name. The Mass of the Children received its première in 2003 at Carnegie Hall with the composer conducting. The work is scored for adult mixed choir, children’s choir, soprano and baritone soloists and orchestra. The Mass is a Missa Brevis – a Latin Mass without a Credo – in five movements. Several additional English texts are also included, and these form a progression from waking to sleeping that runs through the work as a counterpart to the liturgy of the conventional Mass text.