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The Oak Park Concert Chorale celebrates its 30th Anniversary with the North American Premiere of Lotti’s Missa Sancti Christophori

Location: Illinois, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
The 18th century Venetian composer, Antonio Lotti, is almost universally known for one piece of sacred choral music: his Crucifixus for 8 voices. Following new research, it has been discovered that this motet is in fact a section of a complete mass for choir, soloists and orchestra -- the Missa Sancti Christophori.
The Oak Park Concert Chorale (OPCC), under the direction of Paul Lindblad, will present the North American Premiere of this exciting masterpiece as part of a Baroque Festival celebrating the Chorale’s 30thAnniversary on Sunday April 3 at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 W. Division Street in River Forest.  The Baroque Festival consists of three concerts and a light supper.  
  • 4:15pm Madrigal Concert
  • 5:00pm Light Supper (Advanced Reservations Required)
  • 6:00pm Lotti Premiere Concert – Missa Sancti Christophori
  • 6:45pm Baroque Masterpieces Concert and Champagne Reception
General Admission: $35 - includes all three concerts and the Light Supper; Seniors/Students $25. Advance Reservations are required for the Light Supper.
Additional Ticket Option: General Admission $25 - includes Lotti Premiere and Baroque Masterpieces Concerts; Students/Seniors $20.
Tickets are available online at or via phone: 708.383.4742 or email:
Antonio Lotti was a direct contemporary of Antonio Vivaldi, and held in high regard by George Fredric Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach.  He held positions in Venice at St. Mark’s Basilica including maestro di cappella and in Dresden.
The Missa Sancti Christophori was composed when Lotti was living in Dresden, and reflects many common characteristics of Lotti’s music including the use of suspensions, chromatics, dissonance, modulation and text painting. Also notable are the complex canons and fugues.
The manuscript for the Missa Sancti Christophori was found in Prague, and manuscripts of the Credo portion of the mass have been also found in Dresden, Prague and Venice. The scores were edited by Ben Byram-Wigfield and published by Ancient Groove Music, London.
The Baroque Festival will also feature works by Gabrieli, Schütz and Handel, including the rarely performed Schütz Magnificat anima mea (SWV 468) for three choirs and instruments.  The finale, George Fredric Handel’s rousing Coronation Anthem Number One: Zadok the Priest, presentsa fitting tribute to this festive occasion.
A selection of madrigals, motets and anthems, highlighting different aspects of baroque choral music will showcase the Chorale’s rich tradition of Baroque music. 
The Chorale will be joined by a festival orchestra. An Alumni Reunion (and chorus), Light Supper (Advance Reservations Required), and champagne reception will round out the Festival. 
Founded in 1981, theOak Park Concert Chorale has emerged as one of the Midwest's leading choral ensembles featuring both a cappella and accompanied performances.  OPCC is comprised of a diverse group of singers enjoy differences of age, ethnicity, and culture.  Members come from as far east as Hungary and from as far south as Brazil.  Led by director Paul Lindblad, the Oak Park Concert Chorale offers highly artistic performances of varied and exciting choral music.
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