The Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra and Conductor Donald Kendrick continue their tradition of showcasing rarely performed large choral orchestral works to our region with the upcoming March 8 European Masterworks performance at the Sacramento Community Center Theater.
During a time when many arts groups are cutting back on their productions, the SCSO is charging forth with this performance that promises classical music-making on a dramatic and large-scale. The large 210-member SCSO team will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s early Romantic work — Symphony No. 2 (Lobgesang-Hymn of Praise) — along with a West Coast premiere of Charles Villiers Stanford’s Stabat Mater (The Sorrowful Mother Stood).
The SCSO performance is dedicated in memory of Judy Waegell, former SCSO cellist and friend of the arts, who played in the SCSO orchestra for 16 years. She died in December 2012.
Conductor Donald Kendrick will give a free pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. in the main hall and there will be a post-concert reception in the lobby to greet the artists. Projected supertitle translations will be provided at this performance. This will be the Sacramento Choral Society’s first performance back at the Sacramento Community Center Theater since its summer 2013 Italy tour where singers performed on the Great Altar of St. Peter’s at the Vatican.
Five outstanding soloists will be featured throughout the evening. Marina Boudart Harris, soprano, will lead the way in both the Lobgesang and the Stabat Mater and she will be joined in the Lobgesang by Sacramento’s own soprano Carrie Hennessey. Alto Malin Fritz will star in Stanford’s Stabat Mater. Tenor Mathew Edwardsen will be featured in both the Mendelssohn and Stanford works. One of the highlights of the evening will be the return of baritone Eugene (Chan) Villanueva to Sacramento. A Sacramento State graduate, Villaneuva is pursuing an international career in Europe. He is a former SCSO alumnus and also sang in Conductor Donald Kendrick’s Schola Cantorum Church Choir at Sacred Heart Church in Sacramento. This will be Villaneuva’s debut with the SCSO.
The March 8 SCSO European Masterworks performance is co-sponsored by Wells Fargo and the Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra, which recently raised $45,000 to shore up production costs for spring 2014 performances. The Wells Fargo’s recent $35,000 “Challenge Grant” to the SCSO is providing a thrilling opportunity for people to triple their support for the hard-working and highly accountable Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra.
Tickets to the March performance are $35 to $45 with students receiving at 50 percent discount. Purchase tickets by calling the Sacramento Community Center box office at (916) 808-5181 or visiting sacramentochoral.com.