Haydn’s most beloved mass—according to his biography, “arguably Haydn’s greatest single composition”—was written near the end of the Napoleonic wars when Austria was under siege. Originally titled Missa in Angustiis (“Mass in Troubled Times”), it acquired its more famous nickname upon its première in 1798, as word arrived of Admiral Lord Nelson’s stunning victory in the Battle of the Nile. The Cathedral Choir’s annual concert will provide a rare North American opportunity to hear this magnificent masterwork performed live. Paired with two of Francis Poulenc’s most ravishingly beautiful sacred choral works and the première of an introit commissioned to honor past Friends of Cathedral Music president, Chandler Rudd, this evening will be a feast for the ears and for the soul. Patron tickets: $100 in advance (includes 2 tickets & unreserved seats in the preferred seating section of the Cathedral nave, held until 10 minutes prior to the concert) General admission: $20 in advance / $25 day of concert Seniors & students: $15 in advance / $20 day of concert There will be a reception following the concert.
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