On Beethoven’s 250th birthday in December 2020, the Schiller Institute Chorus presented the virtual performance of the Missa Solemnis Kyrie and Gloria opening sections, followed by the daunting Credo in April. At this 9/11 Memorial Concert, we’ll present the fitting final sections, Sanctus and Agnus Dei, ending with Beethoven’s unique Dona Nobis Pacem. Two tumultuous decades after the 9/11 attack, let us hope that the world will find the path to peace through the mutual and friendly development of all sovereign nations.
Beethoven’s inscription above the Dona Nobis Pacem section calls for ‘inner and outer peace’: Bitte um inneren und äußeren Frieden, i.e., a plea for both spiritual and worldly peace. If there is any doubt of what outer peace refers to, no one will miss the operatic changes of scenes bringing in the trumpets and drums of war, the assertive entreaties following the stormy orchestral interlude replacing the calm plea for peace in the earlier section. This monumental piece resolves quietly and peacefully, but not without the lingering echoe of drums in the distance.
This concert will be broadcast live by MUSAE from Our Lady of Pompeii Church at 25 Carmine St in the Village, with a mixture of prerecorded and live performances. Along with the final movements of the Missa Solemnis, the program will include live performances of works of Schubert, Schumann, Verdi, Moses Hogan and Harry T. Burleigh.
Tickets start at $5. Please sign up at tix.musae.me/donanobis.
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