Combined choirs to present Lord Nelson Mass

Grove City College’s combined Chapel and Touring Choirs will perform Haydn’s monumental “Missa in Angustiis” at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in Harbison Chapel on campus.

The choirs will be accompanied by College Organist Dr. Bradley Fitch and directed by Dr. Katherine Mueller, assistant professor of Music and director of Choral Activities.

Best known as the Lord Nelson Mass and translated as “Mass in Time of Distress,” Haydn’s famed work was first performed in 1798 and reflects the political instability of the times – namely, the Napoleonic war. It is thought to have received the nickname “Lord Nelson Mass” as a result of the defeat of Napoleon’s forces by the British admiral around the same time as the premier of the mass. Haydn was also a great admirer of Nelson, and may have performed the mass in his honor when he met him in Eisenstadt two years after the premiere.

The Spring Concert is free and open to the public.

A reception in the Morledge Great Room of Rathburn Hall will follow the concert.


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