Sprague Choirs Join Orchestra for 'Noel' Concert


It’s not often that one gets to hear 150 singers plus a professional orchestra on stage in Salem. That will happen next weekend — Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16 — at the holiday concert by the Willamette Master Chorus with the Sprague High School Concert Choir.

The choirs will join forces for “Messe de minuet pour Noel” (The Christmas Mass at Midnight), a 25-minute work by Marc-Antoine Charpentier.

“The thing that sets it apart from any other Mass is that the composer took French carols, most of them not familiar to us, and set them to the Latin Roman text so the Mass has a very jovial, dancelike feel to it,” said Paul Klemme, director of the master chorus. “It’s a very, very happy piece.”


Original Article by Barbara Curtin, Statesman Journal


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