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San Francisco Lyric Chorus

Choral Masterpieces from Central Europe

Dvorák -Six Moravian Songs
arr. by Janacék

Dvorák - Te Deum

Kodály - Missa Brevis

Mindy Lym, Soprano ~ Antoinette Catalla, Alto

Laura Heiman, Alto

Kevin Gino, Tenor ~ Thomas Wade, Baritone
Jerome Lenk, Organist

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Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7 pm
Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 5 pm
Mission Dolores Basilica
16th & Dolores Sts., San Francisco

Tickets: $20 General
$18 Seniors
Free to students (Under 18 or with student ID)

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This Spring 2017, we invite you join us as we share the joyous folk-inspired music of Antonin Dvorák, as well as Zoltán Kodály’s stunning Missa Brevis, a work of resilience and hope created in a time of terror.

Antonín Dvorák: Six Moravian Songs

Antonin Dvorák’s (1841-1904) sparkling Six Moravian Songs about unrequited love were originally composed between 1875 and 1877 for two voices and piano. His friend, Leos Janácek, (1854-1928), later set these songs for four voices and piano, a version that was not published until 1939.

Antonín Dvorák: Te Deum

Antonin Dvorák composed his joyous, folk music inspired Te Deum in 1892 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage to America. Filled with melody and passion, it has delighted audiences for over 100 years.

Zoltán Kodály: Missa Brevis

Zoltán Kodály’s (1882-1967) Missa Brevis is subtitled tempore belli, i.e., in time of war, and it comes out of a terrible time of war—the 50-day World War II Siege of Budapest—a battle in Budapest, Hungary between the Nazis and Soviets in which at least 150,000 people died.

Hungarian composer Kodály originally created this Mass as an organ work in 1942-1943, soon after beginning to revise it for chorus and organ. He and his wife were political liberals, and he suffered consequences over the years from his challenging of government. The Kodálys were active during World War in saving people from persecution until they finally had to take refuge themselves.

Kodály finished revising the Missa Brevis for voice and organ in the cellar of a Budapest convent where he and his wife had taken refuge. In February 1945, this version of the Missa Brevis was given its premiere in a coatroom of the Budapest Opera House, with a chorus made up of soloists from the Budapest Opera Company, accompanied by a harmonium, a type of pump organ. The small group involved also heard the terrifying sounds of gunfire in the background. The Missa Brevis is a work that speaks strongly of hope and the resilience of the human spirit.



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