Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal to see “Mozart and Copland: Choral Masters”, presented by The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh at East Liberty Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m. A preconcert talk will begin at 2 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $24, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $48.98 value). Student tickets are normally $9.99 each, and youth tickets are normally $4.99 each.
- For $39, you get two tickets for premier seating in the front (up to a $78.98 value).<p>
Music director Betsy Burleigh has steered The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh’s 120 vocalists to appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and at the Library of Congress, venturing beyond their patron composer to other choral treasures. Mozart composed the soaring strains of his unfinished Great Mass in C Minor as an expression of thanks for the recovery from illness of his wife, who then sang the starring first-soprano part at its premiere. The work’s occasional lightness of tone and operatic trills may come as a surprise to those with more solemn conceptions of liturgical music, though the opening Kyrie sets a tumultuous storm brewing with its use of the full chorus and solo for strobe light.
Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning sweeps through the Biblical story of creation in its complete setting of the Book of Genesis. As appropriate to the material’s narrative form and Copland’s lifelong refusal to use the same note twice, the piece eschews thematic repetition for continuously changing melodies. Before the show, venerable mezzo-soprano Mildred Miller Posvar shares thoroughly unique insights on the piece; a near contemporary of Copland, she collaborated with him on a separate recording in 1967.
Astonishingly lively carved wooden figures add their devout ears to the audience at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Its delicate stone arches open up space for expansive acoustic resonance while rainbow-hued stained glass windows resolve into secret, grayscale treasure maps for colorblind visitors.