Vanguard’s annual Spring Classical Concert continues to be a favorite among the local community because it combines the Vanguard University Concert Choir and Concert Orchestra with the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir. Each year the Spring Concert brings us a combination of prestigious classical pieces with the freshness of a Vanguard University music performance. Recent performances have included the works of Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, W. A. Mozart, G. F. Handel, and many other famous composers as well as some contemporary composers such as Dan Forrest.

Spring Classical Concert 2014:

Part One:

Gloria in D, RVRV589

Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)

Antonio Vivaldi composed this Gloria in Venice, probably in 1715, for the choir of the Ospedale della Pietà, an orphanage for girls (or more probably a home, generously endowed by the girls’ “anonymous” fathers, for the illegitimate daughters of Venetian noblemen and their mistresses). The B minor “Et in terra pax is in nearly every way a contrast to the first. It is in triple rather than duple time, in a minor key, and rather slower. Its imitative and expressive chromatic texture evokes the motets of the Renaissance era, the so-called “stile antico.” “Laudamus te,” a passionate duet for soprano and mezzo-soprano, gives us some hint of the skill of Vivaldi’s young singers at the orphanage. Today Vivaldi is one of the most popular of all composers, who during his lifetime enjoyed considerable success and fortune, which he squandered through extravagance, and when he died in Vienna he was buried in a pauper’s grave. For two centuries after his death, the Gloria lay undiscovered until the late 1920s, when it was found buried among a pile of forgotten Vivaldi manuscripts. However, it was not performed until September 1939 in Siena in an edition by the composer Alfredo Casella. It was not until 1957 that the now familiar original version was published and given its first performance at the First Festival of Baroque Choral Music at Brooklyn College, in New York.

Part Two:

Gloria (from Twelfth Mass in C)

attributed to W.A. MozartAppreciation of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus

Mozart (1756-1791) developed only centuries after his death, and only recently has scholarship found that the “Twelfth Mass,” attributed to him in the 19th century–when it was, with his “Requiem,”his most popular sacred work–was probably composed by Wenzel Müller.

Gloria from “Mass in G”

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Franz Schubert’s Mass in G represents both the work of the young composer and the early stages of the Romantic era of Western classical style, in which the music takes the listener on a harmonic journey that arrives ultimately back at its beginning. Schubert wrote the Mass in G when he was 18 and a schoolmaster in his father’s school in Vienna. The Mass No. 2 in G Major was written within the space of five days, March 2-7, 1815. This is the shortest of Schubert’s seven masses, intended for performance in his parish church of Lichenthal.

Hallelujah, Amen! (from Judas Maccabaeus)

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Judas Maccabaeus was written in 1746, five year after ‘Messiah,’ when Handel was 61, and was first performed in London at the Covent Garden Theatre the following year. It owes its inception to the victory of William, Duke of Cumberland over Charles Edward Stuart the Pretender at the battle of Culloden on 16th April, 1746, and was planned as a compliment to the Duke upon his victorious return from Scotland.

Conducted by Dr. James L. Melton (Vanguard University/St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church). Featuring the Vanguard University Concert Choir and the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir, accompanied by professional orchestra, with members of the Vanguard University Orchestra.

Date & Time:
April 27st at 4:00pm

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
600 Saint Andrew’s Road
Newport Beach, CA 92663


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