Memorial Day concert, with Mozart

May 15, 2012
Photo by: Dennis Griggs Twelve-year-old violinist Abreal Whitman is a member of the Mozart Mentors Orchestra, which will perform with Down East Singers Monday, May 28 at the Camden Opera House.

Camden — Down East Singers and Mozart Mentors Orchestra, under the direction of Anthony Antolini, will present Handel’s 1713 "Te Deum and Jubilate for the Peace of Utrecht" and more Monday, May 28 at 5 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St./Route 1.

Admission to the Peace Music for Memorial Day concert is $15, free for students younger than 18. Tickets are available online at downeastsingers.org; from members of Down East Singers; or at the Camden Opera House box office the day of the performance.

Handel, a German composer, had recently moved to London to establish his career in England. He saw that he needed to gain not only attention but acceptance as a foreigner. The Peace of Utrecht was the first diplomatically negotiated settlement of a war in world history. Handel gambled that if he wrote music to celebrate the peace settlement (which ended 13 years of war with France), he would gain the fame he sought. He wrote the music before the treaty was signed and simultaneously got to know Queen Anne.

The gamble paid off. Handel's music was chosen for the Service of Thanksgiving in June, 1713. The music is scored for soloists (to be sung by members of Down East Singers) and orchestra. It was performed in the newly constructed St. Paul’s Cathedral and took advantage of the building’s enormous size and 12-second reverberation.

Also on the Memorial Day program are Shaker hymns and Afro-American spirituals on the subject of peace. The concert will begin with an invocation by Robert Rheault, U.S. Army Special Forces, Retired, and the National Anthem in an arrangement by Igor Stravinsky.

For more information, call 236-8328, or visit the website.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Down East Singers and the Mozart Mentors Orchestra (Photo by: Phyllis Fales)
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