The seventy voices of the IUP Chorale and Chorus will join the University Orchestra for an All-Haydn concert on Sunday, May 2, 2010. The concert, a Sound Choices series event presented by the Department of Music, begins at 3:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of John Sutton Hall.
The concert will feature Franz Joseph Haydn’s famous “Drum Roll Symphony” with its charming waltzes, Scottish snaps, and Croatian folk melodies. That work will be followed by the “Maria Theresa Mass,” a symphonic work from 1795.
Following Haydn’s return to the continent from London in 1795, his inexhaustible energies found new outlets, especially after hearing a performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” The flamboyance of Haydn’s masses matches the ornate architecture of the Austrian Baroque churches in which they were performed.
The occasional criticism that his sacred music was too cheerful prompted Haydn to respond that, at the thought of God, his heart “leaped for joy,” and he doubted God would scold him for praising the Lord “with a cheerful heart.”
Tickets will be sold at the door starting at 2:15 p.m.