In its fortieth season, the Louisiana Choral Foundation’s Masterworks Chorale continues to produce innovative programming while providing choral enrichment and compelling performances for Southwest Louisiana. This season, entitled Musical Treasures, Young and Old, will feature a variety of musical offerings occurring in several venues.
The Spring Concert will feature John Rutter’s Mass for the Children. Masterworks Chorale will be joined by Les Petites Voix and treble members from the St. Louis High School choir under the direction of Pam LeBlanc. The work will also feature a soprano and baritone soloist. Mass for the Children was written in late 2002 and early 2003 for a Carnegie Hall debut concert. In describing his musical intentions, Rutter states, “I had always wanted to write a work combining children’s choir with adult performers, not only because I find the sound of children’s voices irresistible but also because I wanted to repay a debt. As a boy soprano in my school choir I had been thrilled whenever our choir took part in adult works with children’s parts, such as the Mahler Third Symphony and the Britten War Requiem. Years later, I remembered this experience and wanted to write something that would give children a similar opportunity to perform alongside adult professionals.”
First United Methodist Church Lake Charles
Friday, May 5, 2017 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 7, 2017 3:00 p.m.