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All Beethoven, all night

- STAFF REPORT

The Chattanoog­a Bach Choir and Orchestra continues its Masterwork­s Series with a concert on Saturday, Feb. 22, celebratin­g the 250th anniversar­y of composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth.

“All Beethoven” will begin at 8 p.m. in the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, 214 E. Eighth St.

The program will include Beethoven’s Mass in C, Coriolan Overture, “Calm Seas and Prosperous Voyage” and “Elegiac Song.” The Bach Choir last performed Mass in C during 2007, the 200th anniversar­y of Beethoven’s birth.

“The Mass in C was composed and premiered in 1807, a year before his famous Symphony No. 5, as a commission from Prince Esterhazy, who also employed Haydn among other notable composers,” says director David Long.

“The work is very much in the classical style, but characteri­stic elements — including sudden contrast between loud and soft passages along with syncopated rhythms — let the listener know that this is Beethoven and no one else.”

The choir will be joined by guest artists Beth DuRoy, soprano; Rosella Ewing, mezzo-soprano; Christophe­r Reames of Cookeville, Tennessee, tenor; and Robert Harrelson of Shelby, North Carolina, bass.

The Bach Choir, which marks its 35th anniversar­y this year, was establishe­d to provide an opportunit­y for local musicians to perform choral masterpiec­es by Bach, Mozart, Brahms and more. To date, the choir has performed the works of more than 60 composers.

Tickets for Saturday night’s concert are $25 and students are free.

For more informatio­n: http://www.chattanoog­abachchoir.org/

 ?? BACH CHOIR CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTO ?? Conductor David Long
BACH CHOIR CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTO Conductor David Long

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