The University of Arizona’s Collegium Musicum returns to the Arizona Senior Academy on Monday (April 10) for an evening concert of German Baroque choral music beginning at 7:30 pm. The concert features settings of penitential psalms by Schutz, Buxtehude and Hasse.
Two motets from the Cantiones Sacrae Op. 4 by Heinrich Schütz will open the program. Schütz was the leading composer of the early German Baroque who studied with Gabrieli and Monteverdi in Venice. His Cantiones Sacrae are noted for use of the contrapuntal style of the Venetian masters.
Dietrich Buxtehude will be represented by choral excerpts from his Membra Jesu Nostri, a work regarded as the first Lutheran oratorio. Buxtehude was the leading organist of his day whose vocal music was also admired by the likes of Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel.
The program will close with the beautiful but rarely performed Miserere in C Minor by Johann Adolph Hasse, whose operatic style reflects the influence of Alessandro Scarlatti. The Miserere is scored for soloists, chorus, strings and continuo.
The Collegium Musicum is the university’s early music choral ensemble whose members include singers from the Tucson community along with students. Director Donathan Chang is a second-year doctoral student in choral conducting. A native of Seoul, Korea, he holds degrees from the University of Kentucky, Central Bible College, and Westminster Choir College of Rider University.
Chang is currently the Director of Music at Desert Hope Lutheran in Tucson and is the Assistant Director of True Concord Voices and Orchestra.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer