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Stockton Chorale concert marking 60th anniversary

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POSTED February 24, 2012 8:22 p.m.

STOCKTON — The Stockton Chorale celebrates its 60th anniversary performing works by Bach and Schubert in concert, accompanied by an orchestra that helps bring the works of these masters alive.

 The concert performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Faye Spanos Concert Hall on the UOP campus, at Stadium Way and Pacific Avenue.

The concert will open with Bach’s “Magnificat in D”, initially written as part of Christmas services in 1723. The text is the traditional Biblical song of Mary as told in the Gospel of Luke, and Bach divides the text into 12 short choruses and arias presented variously by a five-part choir and four soloists.   The orchestra includes three trumpets and provides a range of colorful effects throughout.

Schubert’s “Mass in B-flat Major” is the third of four short “Missa brevis” masses and is the most ambitious of the set.  Scored for small orchestra, choir, and four soloists, the five movements of the work are a compact précis of Classical style. In Schubert’s “Mass” you can clearly experience his well known gift for melody, especially for solo voices, and you can hear the familiar approaches to harmony and texture from Mozart and Haydn.  

The Stockton Youth Chorale will join the concert also featuring Bach and Schubert. The Youth Chorale’s Treblemakers will sing Bach’s “Bist du bei mir”, a melody that appears in an opera by Stolzel. The Youth Concert Choir will also feature a work by Bach, “Duet and Choral from Cantata No. 93”. This is a classic example of the chorale cantata, repeating the beautiful melody in every movement.

Single concert tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are general admission and may be purchased by calling the Stockton Chorale office at (209) 951-6494, through any Chorale member, on our web site at www.stocktonchorale.org, or at the door.

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