Monday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., Performance Hall in the Covington Center, Spring Oratorio Performance
The Radford University Choral Union presents the final choral concert of the 2014-2015 season. Featured major works are two examples of the Viennese Classical Mass tradition, Haydn’s “Missa Sancti Nicholai” and Mozart’s “Krönungsmesse.” Accompanied by a festival orchestra and featuring student soloists this concert is part of a long-standing Radford University tradition of closing the season with major choral/orchestral works. Even though the Haydn piece is named after St. Nicholas, this is not a Christmas work. It was written in 1772 to honor the name day of Haydn’s patron Nikolaus I von Esterhazy. The Mozart Mass was premiered on Easter Sunday in 1779. It was one of the first compositions completed by Mozart as the newly hired composer for the Archbishop of Salzburg. While written within a few years of each other in cities three hours distance from each other each setting of the Roman Catholic liturgy are exemplars of the individual stylistic characteristics of their composers.