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The Binghamton University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Timothy Perry, and the University Chorus, directed by Bruce Borton, will present a special “Mass-terworks” concert as the finale of their 2010-11 season at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 8, in the Osterhout Concert Theater.
The concert features two works, each built around a section of the Ordinary of the Latin Mass, each completed in late 1959, but with wildly divergent histories. Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria”, among the most popular and frequently performed choral works by a modern composer, shares the program with the New York premiere of Book I of “Requiem” by Polish composer Roman Maciejewski.
Conductor Timothy Perry, who completes his 25th season as director of the Binghamton University Orchestra, recalls hearing the latter work for the first time:
“This was a classic ‘driveway moment’. I was in my car when part of the ‘Requiem’ was played over our public radio station,” Perry said. “I was absolutely stunned by the power and beauty of this work - about which no one seemed to have any knowledge - and I literally had to pull the car over to listen. It may be the best unknown work I have ever encountered, and it took more than a year to track down the parts in Poland and get them sent here to us. We are doing only the first section of the work, built around the texts of the Kyrie, which Maciejewski worked on for 15 years after World War II, and dedicated it to the ‘victims of all wars’. It is a monumental composition and is a fantastic complement to the Poulenc.”
Vocal soloists will include Master of Music candidates Christina Kompar in the Poulenc piece and soprano Kathleen Jasinskas, mezzo-soprano Cabiria Jacobsen, tenor Richard Leonberger and TCO baritone William Roberts in the Maciejewski piece.
This concert is sponsored by the Binghamton University Music Department. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for faculty, staff and seniors; and free for students. Tickets are available at the Anderson Center Box Office from noon to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, by calling 607-777-ARTS, online at
or at the door. For more information, visit the Binghamton University Music Department at music.binghamton.edu.