On Sunday, April 15, at 4 PM, the Gloria Deo Choir of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church will present the final concert of the Co-Creation series of events in downtown Greensboro. The principal work to be presented on this concert is Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, K. 339. This very festive work is a setting of Psalms 110, 111, 112, 113, and 117, plus the “Magnificat” and will feature four soloists, strings, trumpets, timpani, organ, and choir. The style of the work is similar to that of Mozart’s familiar Requiem, featuring beautiful melodies, ingenious writing for inner voices and instrumental accompaniment, and moving dramatic effects.
The Gloria Deo Choir is the oldest-established of the several choirs at Holy Trinity Church, singing traditionally at the 11:15 Eucharist on Sundays as well as on other occasions such as Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, and at the late service on Christmas Eve. It is conducted by Richard Cox, who was until ten years ago one of the choral directors at UNCG. The section leader/soloists in the choir have had many years of vocal and musical study, and include several teachers of vocal and choral music. Most of the other members of this choir have also had extensive musical training. The small group of instruments also includes players with a great deal of training and experience.
Because the Mozart Vespers last only about 30 minutes, the program will also include two short pieces by Handel: the brief aria and the “Hallelujah, Amen” chorus that conclude the oratorio Judas Maccabaeus and the familiar Messiah bass aria, “The Trumpet Shall Sound.” Soloist in the Judas Maccabaeus aria will be David Dobbins, who is choral director at Southeast Guilford Middle School. Donald Hartmann, UNCG Professor of Voice, will sing the Messiah aria.