Complete Mozart Masses - Concert No.1

  • St Ann's Church Dawson Street Dublin 2 Ireland

Dun Laoghaire Choral Society is proud to present our inaugural concert in our series of Complete Mozart Masses, an ambitious musical project never before produced by an amateur Irish choir.

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This concert will feature the Missa Solemnis, the "Waisenhaus" Mass in C minor, KV139, composed in 1768, when Mozart was a mere boy of 14, the Missa Brevis KV 66 the "Dominicus" Mass, composed a year later in 1769. The third mass in this concert is the Missa in honorem Sanctissimae Trinitatis in C major, K167 was composed by Mozart in June 1773. A solemn mass, its name and date indicate that it was likely to have been composed for Trinity Sunday, for use in Salzburg's Trinity Church. 

Conducted by David Brophy, the choir will be accompanied by the  newly-formed Fishamble Sinfonia orchestra and some of Ireland's finest young soloists, auditioned from third level colleges of music: Lorna Breen, soprano, Chris Murphy, alto, Richard Bridge, tenor and David Howes, bass.

Ticket prices start at €15 for students and €20 for everyone else. There are still some left and will be available at the door. 

Tickets already bought online should be collected at the door tonight. Simply give your name.

The statue in the poster is The Cloak of Conscience, sculpted by Bohemian-born artist Anna Chromy. One of several 'Cloak' sculpture and artistic representations by Chromy, it was originally created in memory of Mozart's Don Giovanni. In  1998  the  Archbishop  of  Salzburg  saw  the  Cloak  as  part  of  Anna's  Don  Giovanni  exhibition  in  this  city  and   decided  to  install  it  in  front  of  the  Cathedral.  In  the  year  2000,  at  the  commemorative  mass  for  the  victims   of  the  cable  car  disaster  in  the  Salzburg  Mountains,  the  bishop  made  the  Cloak  the  centre  piece  for  his   sermon,  and  against  the  back-­‐ground  of  Mozart's  Mass  in  C  Major  the  Cloak  appeared  for  five  minutes  on   Austrian  National  Television  and  Eurovision.  Only  a  few  steps  from  the  Cathedral  at  the  historical  St.  Peters   Cemetery  a  cross  in  wrought  iron  dating  from  Mozart's  time,  next  to  the  grave  of  Mozart's  beloved  sister   Nannerl,  marks  the  place  where  Anna  Chromy  will  eventually  find  her  final  resting  place. 

Signifying everything invisible, the empty cloak is a reflection of human character and its ability to infiltrate our world with change, both good and bad.

For more information on the relationship between The Cloak of Conscience and Mozart, here is an interesting link.