Meistersingers Presents Handel and Part: Face To Face - Southern California
Date: March 22, 2014
Location: California, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Meistersingers, under the direction of founder Brian Dehn, presents another in their concert series Face to Face. This time they feature works for choir and strings - Handel's Dixit Dominus and Part's Berliner Messe. Also on the program are two other prime examples of their writing for strings - Part's Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten and Handel's Concerto Grosso Op.6, No. 10. Each of the works epitomize how they write - Handel with his own genius, energy, wit, and passion and Part with his genius of restraint, pace, and wisdom. That the works are from opposite periods of their output is not by accident. Dehn comments, "This pairing may seem a study in contrasts, and I suppose in a way it is, but through it all there is a beautiful connectedness that is implied. No matter the early work of Handel, where the Dixit Dominus was a virtuostic display of heavy ornamentation, or this later work of Part, The Berlin Mass, a display of restraint and scarcity, they create beautiful works using the same forces - voices and strings. They have religious texts, word painting, and textures that are very much related. They are both expressing the same things - they are one in the same. The fact that we are presenting instrumental works, something we rarely do, that support this point is very fun as well. I think my singers are just as excited about these instrumental pieces! Oh, and both composers have umlauts in their name!"
With soloists drawn from the ensemble, Meistersingers will have 16 strings and continuo as they present this concert. Previous incarnations of Face to Face have included, Palestrina and Poulenc, Britten and MacMillan, and last season, Victoria and Durufle.
Sunday, March 23
Newport Harbor Lutheran Church
Newport Beach, CA
Saturday, March 29
Redhill Lutheran Church
Tickets are available at the door.
More information can be found on the ensembles website www.meistersingers.org