The second half of our April concert consists of one piece only. Psalm 42 by Felix B. Mendelssohn. It’s brilliant programing. After all the power, glory and majesty of Haydn’s Mass in Bb Major, the second half begins with a single soft melodic line which translates: As the stag screams out for fresh water, so my soul, oh God, screams out to you.
By Rosella Crawford-Bathurst
We take to some words for the way they roll off the tongue; others for the thing they describe. Juxtapose has enjoyed rolling off my tongue from time to time ever since I first heard it in Mrs. Curcio’s sixth grade classroom. Yesterday, it came to me as I contemplated what to write for this post. “Why,” I thought, “would Christian juxtapose Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with choruses from Mendelssohn’s Elijah?”
By Lois Van Buren, Alto