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Masterworks Chorale concert is Nov. 11

October 29, 2018

The 55-member Masterworks Chorale will perform the Gloria in D major (RV 589) by Antonio Vivaldi, and Gloria by American composer K. Lee Scott at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in Tirey Hall's Tilson Auditorium.

The Vivaldi will be performed with chamber orchestra and organ, and the K. Lee Scott Gloria with a brass ensemble, organ and timpani, and will be conducted by School of Music faculty member Mark Carlisle.

The soprano and alto solos and duet in the Vivaldi Gloria will feature Colleen Davis and Yana Weinstein, also School of Music faculty members.

Antonio Vivaldi wrote at least three settings of the hymn, Gloria in excelsis Deo, the words of which are from approximately the 4th century, and which are an integral part of the Ordinary of the Mass. The most familiar of these is the Gloria in D major (RV 589), simply known today as the Vivaldi "Gloria," due to its immense, worldwide popularity. It was likely composed in 1715 for the choir of Ospedale della Pietà in Venice, one of four important Venetian orphanages for young women that placed a special emphasis on teaching music and music performance. The work is scored for SATB chorus, Soprano and Alto soloists, trumpet, oboe, strings, and continuo. It is an all-encompassing hymn of praise and worship, divided into 12 varied, cantata-like movements of contrasting keys and instrumentation and range in mood from festive brilliance to profound sadness.

Gloria, by K. (Kayton) Lee Scott, is a setting for SATB choir(divisi), brass quintet, timpani, organ, which divides the text into three parts, each set as a separate movement. The first movement begins with an extended instrumental fanfare, after which the choir enters, and for the remainder of the movement the brass, timpani, organ, and voices combine to express the exuberance of the text. Motives are often repeated, as well as new ones introduced, to give the movement a sense of both cohesion and spontaneity.The second movement is quieter and more solemn in response to the prayerful nature of middle section of text, and incorporates relatively brief but important solo vocal passages. The overall musical effect of this movement is that of a mosaic of sound that is both ancient and modern at the same time.

The third movement returns to the exuberance of the opening movement, with irregular, dance-like rhythms eventually becoming a fugue. Layers of imitative sound create an increasingly heightened sense of energy throughout until the choir ends, after which the brass and timpani finish the work with a relatively short but dynamic postlude.

Tickets will be available at the door, or by calling the School of Music at 812-237-2770. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for non-Indiana State students and free for Indiana State students (with a student I.D.) and children under the age of 10.

Contact: Mark Carlisle, School of Music, Indiana State University, at 812-237-2761, or Mark.Carlisle@indstate.edu.