Luminous Holiday Concert Brightens the Weekend

Candlelit and beautifully decked with greenery by the Middlesex Parents Association, the School’s Chapel was once again the ideal setting for the annual Holiday Concert, a favorite tradition celebrating the music of many centuries, cultures, and faiths. Including uplifting performances by the Jazz Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble, and the School’s choruses, both large and small, the program’s centerpiece this year was Schubert’s demanding Mass in G.  Composed in 1815 in less than a week, this mass is Schubert's most popular.  Also featured were songs by British composer John Tavener, who passed away just last year.  Known as a "holy minimalist," Tavener expressed his devout faith and interest in minimal, chant-like music in his compositions.  In highlighting the instrumental and vocal talents of nearly 100 student and faculty musicians, the evening was a glorious expression of the season and a triumph for Music Department Head Pierson Wetzel and Jazz Orchestra and Chapel Chorus Director Marcus Rabb.

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