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Acappellago Spring Concert: Escape to Critical Mass

Location: Illinois, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Voicing: Mixed
Throughout the history of western music, composers and their listeners have been inspired by the majestic text of the Latin Mass. Audiences will have a rare chance to hear several very different Mass settings in a single concert, on March 15th or 16th, presented by Acappellago, the western suburbs’ leading volunteer a cappella chorus.
Led by music director Dennis R. Smith, Acappellago will present “Escape to…Critical Mass,” including “Mass in Four Voices” by 16th century composer William Byrd, the timeless and beloved “Mass in G Minor” written in 1921 by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, and “Mass” written by American composer Vincent Persichetti in 1960. The program will close out with several surprising settings of the various sections of the mass in the form of short works by Schubert, Stravinsky, and contemporary American composers Craig Courtney and Carol Barnett.
The first performance will be held on Saturday, March 15,, at 7:30 pm in the Event Hall at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st Street, Oak Brook. This program will be repeated on Sunday, March 16, at 4:00 pm at the Congregational Church of Batavia, 21 S. Batavia Avenue, across from the Batavia Public Library.
Single tickets for each of Acappellago’s concerts are $17 ($15 for students and seniors) and are available via the Internet at: or by mail: PO Box 749, Westmont, IL 60559. Tickets may also be ordered by phone: (708)484-3797 x.2.
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Acappellago is supported in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the DuPage Community Foundation, and by donations from its generous patrons.
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