Expect anything but a Little Solemn Mass

Petite Messe Solonnelle translates as Little Solemn Mass.

"However, it's not little and it's not solemn!," says Dr. Janet Youngdahl, Faculty Artists and Friends Series
"Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle is actually huge and bombastic. Written in 1863, this was Rossini's last major composition and it contains a lot of wit and humour not found in the usual style of religious music of the time."

Audiences can hear for themselves as an ensemble of music faculty, students and alumni come together to perform Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle in the University Recital Hall, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m.

Written for 12 voices and piano, Youngdahl says the ensemble is performing the piece in the setting for which it was intended.

"The Petite Messe Solennelle is a curious cross between opera and sacred music. It was not written to be performed in the church. The University Recital Hall is the perfect venue for this piece."

In addition to Youngdahl (soprano), Dr. Blaine Hendsbee (tenor) and Dr. Sandra Stringer (mezzo-soprano), both from the U of L's music department are also performing. Joining them are Professor Emeritus Dr. George Evelyn (bass-baritone), alumni Kade Hogg (tenor) and Audrina Steciw (soprano), as well as a selection of talented senior students. Audiences will also be introduced to the newest music faculty member, pianist, Dr. Carolyn Herrington.

Co-coordinator Nick Sullivan emphasizes that this is a rare opportunity for audiences to see this work performed live. He adds that audiences of the Faculty Artists and Friends Series can look forward to an entire season of unique and extraordinary music.

"Our programs are built on pieces not often heard. Rossini Petite Messe Solonnelle is one of those rare live performances you can't miss. From the New Orford String Quartet on Dec. 3, to Blaine Hendsbee on Jan. 14 and Piano PIANISSIMO on Mar. 17, the series presents a lineup of unique repertoire, performed by our talented faculty and exceptional guest artists," says Sullivan.

For tickets to Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, visit the University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., or call 403-329-2616. Individual tickets are $15 regular, $10 seniors/students.