Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis

15 to 15 October 2019

beethoven's missa solemnisThe Symphony Choir of Cape Town performs Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis conducted by Alexander Fokkens and performed at the University of Cape Town alongside the SACM orchestra.

Missa Solemnis is a solemn mass composed by Beethoven from 1819 to 1823, considered one of his supreme achievements. The mass is the result of an amalgam of styles, rooted in older pieces and empowered with the grandeur of the symphony, of which Beethoven was the undoubted master.

From the meditative Kyrie to the ecstatic Gloria, through the Credo to the softly personal Sanctus, which evolves into a rousing Benedictus, and finally the theatrical Agnus Dei, a full orchestra and choir sweep the audience through a panoply of emotions. The composer himself wrote the words “From the heart – may it return to the heart” on the manuscript and that is exactly what it does.

The UCT (SACM) orchestra along with the Symphony Choir of Cape Town, conducted by Alexander Fokkens, performs the piece.

The Symphony Choir of Cape Town strongly believes in the value and power of music and the human voice to inspire, educate, enrich and unite and to serve as a catalyst for the growth and development of people in many ways. Their primary focus is to perform an ever-widening repertoire of choral music for a broad community of audiences. They are committed to polished, well-rehearsed performances of selected works to the highest level of mastery.

Venue: Sarah Baartman Hall (previously Jameson Hall), UCT, University Avenue South, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Time: 7.30pm to 10pm
Cost: R160

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