The Newburyport Choral Society presented their annual Spring Concert “All Hail Music”.
Under the direction of Dr. George Case, the NCS Spring Concert in May offered audiences a joyous program of choral music with professional orchestra and soloists.
The first half of the Spring Concert program featured the music of Ralph Vaughn Williams, opening with his Five Mystical Songs in which the chorus and baritone soloist offered a musical landscape that was both serene and exuberant. His radiantly beautiful Serenade to Music completed the first half of the concert. In this moving celebration of music’s intimate power, Vaughan Williams created a touching nocturnal scene with lyrical poetry drawn from Act V of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. The impact of the work was so forceful that the composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, a master of romantic composition in his own right, openly wept as he heard the premiere performance in 1938.
NCS performed Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor in the second half of the concert. With its magnificent and mighty choruses, ornate solos, and solo instrumental segments, the Mass in C Minor was unlike any church music of its time. It has been given the title “Great” because it is considered to be one of Mozart’s most masterful works for orchestra and chorus, alongside his famous Requiem. Described in the choral literature as elegant, powerful, and bursting with energy, The Great Mass in C Minor has continued to bring joy to audiences for more than 230 years and is a fitting tribute to our Spring Concert theme “All Hail Music.” As always, this NCS Concert will include a professional orchestra and soloists.