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Hilo Community Chorus performs “Eternal Music, Eternal Light”
On Saturday, May 10 at 7 p.m. the Hilo Community Chorus, in conjunction with the Palace Theater, proudly presents a program of two master choral works, Haydn’s “Missa in Angustiis” (more commonly known as the “Lord Nelson Mass”), and a work by contemporary composer Morten Lauridsen, the “Lux Aeterna” (or “Eternal Light.”)
The “Eternal Music” of our program, the “Lord Nelson Mass” was written in 1798. Haydn’s chief biographer, H. C. Robbins Landon, has written that this mass “is arguably Haydn’s greatest single composition”. Under the baton of conductor Tom McAlexander, the Hilo Community Chorus is proud to feature four of the finest performers in the Hilo community doing the demanding solo work. Kaui Trainer, soprano; Gerdine Markus, mezzo-soprano; Pedro Ka’awaloa, tenor; and Barry Brandes, bass, will be joined at the organ by noted accompanist Walter Greenwood.
“Lux Aeterna” translates from the Latin as “Eternal Light”, and is a five-movement requiem which, according to its composer, “is an intimate work of quiet serenity centered around a universal symbol of hope, reassurance, goodness and illumination at all levels.”
Morten Lauridsen is the most widely-performed modern choral composer in the world. In 2006, Lauridsen was named an ‘American Choral Master’ by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2007 he received the National Medal of Arts from the President in a White House ceremony, “for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide.”
Tickets on sale at The Palace Theater Box Office for only $12, or directly from Chorus members for $10
Why do people stand when the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah is sung? Legend has it that the tradition began when, at the first London performance of Messiah in 1743, King George II happened to be present. He stood up (presumably overcome by the majesty of the music), and when the king stood up, everyone was expected to stand up, and the custom has carried through the years. Actually there is no record of King George II or any member of the royal family ever attending a Messiah performance. The legend is based on a letter written decades later by someone who was not present at the performance but who had heard the story from a friend who claimed to have been present. And so the legend was born.
This year, on Sunday, December 22 at 3:00 pm, the seventh Messiah sing-along will occur at the Church of the Holy Cross, 440 W. Lanikaula St. in Hilo. The Hilo Community Chorus will join the audience in singing the great choruses from Part I, the Advent/Christmas portion of the oratorio, with the addition of the Hallelujah chorus from Part II and Worthy Is the Lamb/Amen from Part III. The choral numbers will be conducted by Tom McAlexander, and the accompaniment will be provided by Walter Greenwood, organ; Rick Mazurowski, piano; and Armando Mendoza, trumpet. Soloists are Kaui Trainer, soprano; Gerdine Markus, alto; Pedro Kaawaloa, tenor; and Barry Brandes, bass.So bring your own score, if you have one, or borrow one from the church as you enter. Or, if you prefer, just come and enjoy the music. You may sit with your section (look for the signs on the pews), or sit wherever you please. And should you stand during the singing of the Hallelujah chorus? Just follow your heart.