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Commonwealth Chorale Out from the Shadows Concert
March 10 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Our March 10th concert features two composers whose reputations were overshadowed by those of their contemporaries. Although Antonio Salieri is best known as the villain in the movie Amadeus, in actuality he was the most successful Viennese composer of his time. He receives honors from the King of Sweden and the French court, as well as having one of his operas chosen for the grand opening of La Scala in Milan. In addition, Salieri was a sought after teacher whose students included Liszt, Beethoven, and Schubert. Johann Kuhnau, whose position as Kantor at Thomasschule in Leipzig was nearly as long as that of J.S. Bach, was a highly regarded composer of the keyboard and sacred music. He was also a renowned teacher to many composers including Graupner, Fasch, and Heinichen.
At this next concert, Commonwealth Chorale will perform Salieri’s Requiem and Kuhnau’s Magnificat. The tender and exquisite Requiem was written for and premiered at the composer’s funeral. The exuberant and expressive Magnificat is a setting of the Song of Mary, an ancient hymn usually included in vesper services. While Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat have become cherished staples of the choral canon, these corresponding works by Salieri and Kuhnau are virtually unknown.
Join us at the performance of these unjustly overlooked masterworks on March 10 at 3 pm in the Church of the Holy Name, West Roxbury, when the Chorale will be joined by a professional orchestra and four well-known Boston soloists: Celeste Godin, soprano; Vera Savage, mezzo-soprano; Gregory Zavracky, tenor; and Thomas Jones, baritone.