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California Bach Society will conclude season with Mozart and two Haydns

An 1830 watercolor painting of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, where Joseph Haydn acquired many of his musical skills
by Eduard Gurk, from Wikipedia (public domain)

For the final concert of the 2013–2014 subscription season, California Bach Society Artistic Director Paul Flight has prepared a program entitled Mozart and Haydn Rediscovered. This is actually slightly deceptive, since the program includes music by not only Joseph Haydn but also his younger brother Michael, whose three selections on the program are likely to be, for most members of the audience, discoveries, rather than rediscoveries. This younger brother will be represented by three motets, “Eripe me, Domine,” “Christus factus est,” and “Ave, Regina coelorum.” Joseph’s share of the program, on the other hand, will feature one of his many settings of the Marian hymn “Salve Regina,” this one (Hoboken XXIIIV/2) composed in 1771. The chorus will also sing five of the four-part secular choruses from Volume XXVc of the Hoboken catalog.

While the part songs were composed for piano accompaniment (Esther Archer), the sacred works require instrumental accompaniment. As a result, this concert will feature a guest appearance by the members of the New Esterházy Quartet (violinists Lisa Weiss and Kati Kyme, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen). In addition, continuo support will be provided by Farley Pearce on bass and Archer on organ. Since this string quartet specializes in Haydn’s music, they will also give a performance of the Hoboken III/12 quartet in B-flat major. This is one of the six quartets that Haydn collected as his Opus 2, all of which are distinguished by having two Menuetto movements.

Mozart will be represented by two sacred works, both of which he composed in his late teens. The earlier of these is the F major setting of the Missa brevis text (K. 192). In addition, the program will begin with the K. 222 offertory setting, “Misericordias Domini,” with organ accompaniment.

Vocal soloists for this concert will be soprano Rita Lilly, alto Gabriela Estaphanie Solis, tenor Mark Bonney, and baritone Sepp Hammer.

The San Francisco performance of this concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 2. The performance will take place in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at 1111 O’Farrell Street, just west of the corner of Franklin Street. Tickets are $30 with discounts for advance purchase, seniors, students and those under 30. They may be purchased in advance through the Tickets & Subscriptions page of the California Bach Society Web site. Further information is available by calling 650-485-1097.

For this particular performance, Flight will give a pre-concert talk beginning at 7:25 p.m. It will be held in the downstairs reception hall and will be free for all ticket holders. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m. There will also be complimentary tastings of both craft beers (from the Russian River Brewing Company and Drake’s Brewery) and wines (from Lynmar Estates and Ridge Winery). These samples will be available before and after the talk, as well as during intermission.

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