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‘Lord Nelson Mass’ to be sung by Choral Society in spirit of peace, healing

The Aspen Choral Society concludes its 2001-02 concert season with two performances of Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass,” also called “Missa in angustiis.”

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at Harris Concert Hall. They feature the combined choirs of Aspen and Glenwood Springs, accompanied by the Choral Society Orchestra.

“About half the chorus is made of voices from Glenwood Springs,” said Adams.

Also featured is Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto #1, with Douglas Lyons as soloist.

It has been said that Haydn intended this Mass to serve as a supplication for peace for mankind. The most common translation of the title is “Mass in Time of Fear.” It is almost as if Haydn in 1798 knew the peace of which he wrote would be elusive in the future.

Given current world events, the Choral Society and director Ray Vincent Adams will present this work to the people of the valley in the spirit intended by the composer. It is a time to come together and begin to heal, said Adams.

The concerts will open with the horn concerto, which is upbeat and very spirited. Soloist Douglas Lyons has performed this work throughout the world, and it has become his signature piece.

Tickets for this concert are available at the Wheeler Box Office, located in the Opera House, or by calling 920-5770.

Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door on performance nights.

Call 925-3685 for more information.

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