Passion and Resurrection
May 18, 5:30 p.m.
Composed in 1798, Haydn’s “Nelson Mass” was probably performed when the English admiral visited Eisenstadt in September 1800. In his manuscript catalogue Haydn refers to this work as “Missa in Angustiis,” or “Mass in Times of Affliction.” This name reflects Haydn’s reality as he faced European wars and political strife in the decades following the French revolution. University Singers of Walla Walla University is excited to perform this work with professional soloists from Portland, Spokane, Pullman, and the voice faculty of our own department.
The Latvian composer Eriks Ešenvalds composed “Passion and Resurrection” in 2005 for the Academic State Choir Latvija. The composer presents the death and resurrection of Christ in four movements, drawing primarily from the gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John. The work begins by quoting a 16th-century motet by the Spanish composer Cristóbal de Morales (1500–1553) on the despairing text of Job 7:16-21, “Let me alone, for my days are vanity ... thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be”. The Morales motet becomes a leitmotif that reappears several times. I Cantori of Walla Walla University is pleased to partner with Arwen Myers of Portland, Oregon, to bring this oratorio to eastern Washington.
December 7, 2018
On that first Christmas Eve, humans heard angels testifying of the Savior in song. Catching the spirit, they also began to sing. This is precisely how this concert has come together.
A paraphrase of 1 John 1:3 well summarizes our Christmas Concert this year: That which we have seen and heard sing we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
Angels we have heard. It is our prayer that you, also, will hear the angel song.