Sacramento Choral Society opens season at cathedral

By From page A11 | October 25, 2011

The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra will begin its new season with a pair of performances, at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th St. in Sacramento.

The program, titled “Canticles of Praise,” will feature “Chichester Psalms,” a 20-minute choral work with a Hebrew text composed by American musician Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) when he was at the height of his creativity. “Chichester Psalms” was premiered in 1965 in England’s Chichester Cathedral.

Also on the program will be the Mass (Opus 130) by Belgian composer Joseph Jongen (1873-1953). The Jongen Mass, which runs about 40 minutes, was written in the mid-1940s, as Europe was emerging from World War II.

The program also will include “Let the People Praise Thee” by Welsh composer William Mathias (1934-1992). This four-minute piece was written for the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

Joining the Choral Society will be organist David Deffner, who directs music at Davis Community Church, harpist Beverly Wesner Hoen and percussionist Thomas Rance.

Tickets are $25-$35 general, $12.50 students, available at www.sacramentochoral.com or (916) 536-9065.

The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra will be at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis for their annual “Home for the Holidays” program on Dec. 10 and 11.

Jeff Hudson

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