Spring Concert: Missa Mysteriorum – The Mass Of The Mysteries

The Choirs & Orchestra of Montview present

Nancy Galbraith’s Missa Mysteriorum and the 2017 John Kuzma Young Composers Award

Sunday, April 30, 4:00 pm in the Montview Sanctuary

Nancy Galbraith (b.1951) is Professor and Chair of Composition at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. In a career that spans four decades, her music has earned praise for its rich harmonic texture, rhythmic vitality, emotional and spiritual depth, and wide range of expression. Her works have been directed by some of the world’s finest conductors, including Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Mariss Jansons, Keith Lockhart, and Donald Runnicles.

Renowned conductor and Grammy Award winner Robert Page led several performances of Galbraith’s work during his prolific career.  In 2003, he wrote:

“The magic of Nancy’s work is in its incredible layers of sound, texture superimposed on texture, yet surprisingly clear and understandable. Also important is her uncanny ability to deliver with equal impact passages of high, high energy and passages of awesome quietude.”

The Spring Concert Choir will prepare and sing her Missa Mysteriorum, a 45-minute, 5-movement setting of the Ordinary of the Mass.  Originally composed in 1999, the composer’s glorious Mass merged her sacred music and contemporary classical music styles into a work described by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as “both spiritual and radiant, with an immediacy that can’t be ignored.

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