Our Chancel Choir and Orchestra will present Haydn’s Mass in Time of War this Sunday, May 1. This presentation will be in the Sanctuary at 9:00 and 11:00 am. The Soloists will be Karen Kenaston-French, Sarah Collier, Ruben Romero, and Linsley Liburd.
The title of the work, Mass in Time of War, which was Haydn’s own designation, refers to the gathering war clouds in Europe as the young Napoleon fought his way ever deeper into Austrian territory in northern Italy. At the same time, other Austrian troops were defending the southern Rhine crossings against French invasion. These ominous developments find full expression in the significant use of trumpets and timpani in the mass. Throughout the mass you hear an unsettledness and drama that reflect the times. However, you also hear a plea for peace and mercy.
Ironically, the work also resonates with its associated reading from the Book of Revelation: “There was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon...” We as a church have used the book of Revelation as our texts for worship during the Season of Easter which will draw to a close on May 8, 2016.
Come hear our excellent choir and superb orchestra do a challenging piece of music that will surely move you.