The Montgomery College Chorus and the Maryland Choral Directors Chorus, directed by Dr. Molly Donnelly, will join the National Philharmonic Chorale and Orchestra at the Music Center at Strathmore on Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m. for a performance of Hadyn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem Conducted by Artistic Director Stan Engebretson, the concert will also feature soloists Danielle Talamantes (soprano); Magdalena Wór (mezzo-soprano); Robert Baker (tenor); and Kevin Deas (baritone).
Haydn’s Mass in D minor received its name when Hungarian Prince Nikolaus Esterházy told the composer that a courier had arrived with the news that Nelson had defeated the French. The image of the trumpeting courier captured Haydn’s imagination, and he added the obbligato trumpets to memorable effect. Maurice Duruflé’s gentle and meditative Requiem combines medieval melody and modern orchestration by giving the eloquent Gregorian chant prominence throughout.
The 65-member student chorus practices and performs with the Maryland Choral Directors Chorus, bringing together college students and K-12 music teachers in one singing group. Working under the direction of Dr. Molly Donnelly, the chorus has a long-standing reputation for excellence in choral singing.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for the MC students to sing with the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale in Montgomery County’s beautiful concert hall at Strathmore. To sing such fabulous choral works with a professional orchestra and chorus is an invaluable experience for the students; it is a life-enriching artistic endeavor,” Donnelly said.
Jason Guerrero, a music major at Montgomery College and member of the choir, is looking forward to the concert. “What is perhaps the most exciting aspect about this performance for me, is the venue. When you step into any major concert hall, there is a certain electricity or essence that ties past and future generations of performers and audiences together through music. It is an incredible honor to sing with giants,” he said.
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