Join with like minded singers as Musica Sacra of Sarasota continues its popular series of annual Summer Sings. Each Summer Sing is the perfect outlet for the singing spirit during the hiatus of the summer months, each focusing on one choral masterwork in an afternoon of music making without the pressure or stress of a public performance.
first of this year's events is Beethoven's Mass in C Major.
Ludwig van Beethoven composed the Mass in C major, Op. 86, to a commission from Prince Nikolaus Esterházy II in 1807. The mass, scored for four vocal soloists, choir and orchestra, was premiered that year by the Prince's musical forces in Eisenstadt. Beethoven performed parts of it in his 1808 concert featuring the premieres of four major works including his Fifth Symphony. The mass was published in 1812 by Breitkopf & Härtel.
While the Prince who commissioned the mass was not pleased, the contemporary critic E. T. A. Hoffmann appreciated the "expression of a childlike serene mind", and Michael Moore notes the music's "directness and an emotional content".