Eighteenth century masters Franz Josef Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be represented by two masterworks in the fall concert offered by the Allan Hancock College Singers in collaboration with the San Luis Obispo Chamber Orchestra. This year’s fall concert marks the fourth time in ten years that the College Singers and the San Luis Obispo Chamber Orchestra have joined forces.
“It is so much richer to hear choral music performed with the ensemble the composer intended, and the Chamber Orchestra makes a wonderful partner,” said Ann Lucas, D.M.A., director of the Allan Hancock College Singers.
The first concert will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, at Grace Bible Church at 100 Rodeo Drive in Arroyo Grande. The second concert will take place at 7 p.m. inside First United Methodist Church in Lompoc on Sunday, December 4.
Under the direction of Lucas, the chorus, and the orchestra, directed by Keith Waibel, will perform Haydn’s Mass in a Time of War, composed at a time when Napoleon was wreaking havoc all over Europe and Haydn’s native land, Austria, was terrified of invasion. The work is also known as the “Paukenmesse” or Timpani Mass, because of the prominent role played by the kettledrums throughout the piece, reminding the listener of the drumbeats of war. Haydn calls for four soloists, all of whom are drawn from the vocal ensemble made up of combined forces from the Hancock choir, Hancock choir alumni, and special guests from the St. Benedict Episcopal Singers of Los Osos. Hancock music faculty member Kimberly Sargen sings the soprano solo, with Deborah Garza, mezzo soprano, Alan Kiste tenor, and Brian Spolarich, bass.
The orchestra will also play the short but sweet Mozart Symphony No. 35, the “Haffner,” composed in 1782 for a Salzburg family that was moving up to the aristocracy.
All tickets are $10 and may be obtained by contacting the Allan Hancock College Music department at (805) 922-6966 ext. 3252, or at the door. There is no reserved seating.