Monster Mass

Bach Choir of Pittsburgh
St. Agnes Center @ Carlow University
Pittsburgh, PA
Event date: 
26 Oct 2013 to 27 Oct 2013
Start Time: 
Sat, Oct 26 @ 8 pm -- and -- Sun, Oct 27 @ 4 pm
Conductor / Keynote Speaker: 
Thomas W. Douglas

Mass in E Minor (no. 2)
Anton Bruckner (1824 – 1896)
With the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble
Stephen Story, Associate Director
Mass for Four Voices in G Minor
William Byrd (c. 1540 – 1623)

Two beautiful liturgical masses of complementary, but very different musical styles.  With Halloween right around the corner, guests are invited to join the fun and attend in costume!

Thomas W. Douglas
Artistic Director and Conductor

$10-$30 sold @ Showclix and on the day of the performance
St. Agnes Center @ Carlow University
3333 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Playing off the obvious reference to an old rock song, the title “Monster Mass” refers to many aspects of these concerts by the Bach Choir to begin their 79th concert season. The beautiful liturgical Mass in E minor of Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) is a large work featuring a double chorus and woodwind accompaniment by the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble. The other presentation as part of the “Monster Mass” concerts is the equally haunting a cappella Mass for Four Voices in G minor of William Byrd (c.1540-1623). The polyphony of this earlier work is a wonderful complement to the latter, more harmonically-complex setting found in the Bruckner Mass.

Speaking about these concerts to be presented shortly before All Hallows’ Eve, Artistic Director Thomas W. Douglas says:
“We have come to understand that the mass has evolved and transformed from merely a religious expression to a broader art form able to be included in any performance setting. Having maintained the religious significance for all who express it as such, the mass is a template for further consideration, examination and exploration. Creating an overlay of All-Hallows’ Eve with the mass creates a new dramatic paradigm for individual refection, expansion and growth.”


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