According to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Franz Schubert is “pre-eminent” among the composers of vocal music.
This book states this is “because his rich vein of melody and his expressive harmony reached the heart of the text in a way that music before him had not known.”
Robert Phillips, president of the Starkville-MSU Symphony Association said It is certainly those qualities that have made the Schubert “Mass in G” a favorite with the Starkville-MSU Symphony Chorus.
The group first performed Franz Schubert’s “Mass in G,” accompanied by strings and organ, soon after the chorus was organized in 1972.
The Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, joined in both the orchestra and chorus by students from the local high, junior high, and middle schools, presented the Mass as a festival concert in 1986, this time under the direction of guest conductor Lara Hoggard, formerly the associate conductor of Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanian.
And today at 3:30 p.m., the chorus will once again perform what has become Franz Schubert’s more important religious work, the “Mass in G,” accompanied by strings and organ.
Under the direction of Ted Beverly, the free performance will be held at First United Method.
“The rich, lyrical beauty of the music and the way that Schubert manages through melody and harmony to explore the meanings of the text of the mass can make the experience of hearing and performing his work magical,” Phillips said.
Soloists will be soprano Rebecca Wascoe, tenor Wayne Davis, and bass Greg Wascoe, all faculty members in the Mississippi State music department.
“We are grateful that Ted Beverly has chosen to make the Schubert Mass a part of the 2010-2011 concert season. His dedication to the Symphony Chorus, his talent and his experience are assets the Symphony Association values a great deal.”
Organist for the program will be Dr. Len Bobo.
Entering its 42nd season, the Starkville-MSU Symphony has the distinction of being the smallest continuous symphony orchestra in the nation.
All performances are free and open to the public.
The organization is funded by private, corporate and foundation gifts.
For more information, visit the organization’s website at http://www.starkvillemsusymphony.org .