Mineola Choral Society
2016–2017 Performance Schedule
Sunday, December 18, 2016, 3 p.m.
Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert
Chaminade High School
340 Jackson Avenue, Mineola, New York 11501
Our 69th concert season begins on Sunday, December 18, 2016 when we are once again guests of the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra for their Christmas Concert at Chaminade High School. Under the direction of Maestro Louis Panacciulli, the Pops has presented a free Christmas Concert in Mineola and for 30 years, and the Mineola Choral Society has always been privileged to be a part of this joyous event. This free, SRO concert features inspiring and exciting orchestral arrangements of the music of the season, and the Choral Society joins the orchestra in selections from Handel’s Messiah, and a number of songs and carols.
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 4 p.m.
J.S. Bach: Dona Nobis Pacem from Mass in B Minor
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem
Giuseppe Verdi: Stabat Mater
St. Catherine of Sienna RC Church
33 New Hyde Park Road, Franklin Square, NY 11010
The search for peace is illusive in history, and this program highlights more than two centuries of works that relate to that theme. Bach, 1685–1750, concluded his B minor Mass with the Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace) text, the last portion of the Mass. This music from the Mass is a beautiful and timeless plea for peace written for chorus and orchestra.
Giuseppe Verdi,1813–1901, turned to composing sacred music late in his career. The four sacred pieces, Verdi's last works, include Stabat Mater. The text dates back to the 13th century, and has been set by numerous composers, including Verdi's revered Rossini. Verdi responded with dramatic and transcendent music for chorus and orchestra.
The English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872–1958, completed his Dona Nobis Pacem in 1936. The piece is composed for chorus, soprano and baritone soloists, and orchestra. The texts for this piece include three poems by Walt Whitman, as well as passages from the Bible. Vaughan Williams was deeply troubled by the growing threat of war in the 1930s, and the piece combines a vivid reminder of the agony of war with a final hope for peace.
Sunday, May 7, 2017, 3 p.m.
Felix Mendelssohn: Elijah
Temple Emanuel, Great Neck
150 Hicks Lane
Great Neck, New York 11024
Elijah is one of the great works for chorus, soloists, and orchestra. Mendelssohn was devoted to the music of Bach and Handel, and helped in the revival of their major works. In Elijah, Mendelssohn wrote a work that pays tribute to the oratorios of Handel and the extended works of Bach, conceived in the lyrical and Romantic style of Mendelssohn's day. Taking full advantage of the dramatic opportunities that the prophet Elijah's story provides, Mendelssohn presents a work of fierce dramatic impact and conveys his interpretation in the emotion, power and intensity of his music, sometimes expressing deep tenderness and love and other times evoking images of violent fire, flood and whirlwind. Presenting this masterwork as part of Stephen C. Widom Cultural Arts Program at Temple Emanuel Great Neck promises to be a very special event.