WESTFIELD — The Choral Art Society of New Jersey, Inc., celebrating its 50th Anniversary season, will be performing Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Missa brevis St. Joannis de Deo, “Little Organ Mass” on Saturday, May 19, at 8 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield located at the corner of Mountain Avenue and East Broad Street.
James S. Little, musical director of the society, will conduct the performance. Lux Aeterna will be accompanied by Brian Harlow, organist. Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, with Andi Campbell as soprano soloist, will also be accompanied by Brian Harlow, organist, and the Westfield High School Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Raymond Wojcik, The orchestra will also perform Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 (1892) by Sir Edward Elgar and Air and Simple Gifts (2009) by John Williams
Lux Aeterna, Latin for “eternal light” was composed by Morten Lauridsen for the Los Angeles Master Chorale and its Maestro, Paul Salamunovich, who premiered the work on April 13, 1997. Each of the five connected movements contains references to “Light” assembled from various sacred Latin Texts.
The Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, in B-flat major, by Joseph Haydn, was written in 1775 for the Barmherzige Brüder in Kismarton, Hungarian Kingdom, (now Eisenstadt, Austria) whose patron saint was St. John of God. It is sometimes known as the “Kleine Orgelmesse” (“Little Organ Mass”) because of the extensive organ solo in the Benedictus.
Admission is $20, $15 for seniors and students, at the door.
For information, visit the Choral Art Society’s web site at www.casofnj.com.
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