Bienen Ensembles

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and Choirs

Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 7:30pm CDT

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Donald Schleicher and Andrew Megill, conductors; Kylie Buckham and Calista Smith, soprano; Giada Barney, alto; Matthew Sink, tenor; Wesley Diener, baritone; Spencer Greene, bass

The Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs (the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, University Chorale, University Singers, and Northwestern Camerata) perform Beethoven’s Mass in C Major—the first work in which the composer set the words of the Mass. Although Beethoven felt his effort was overshadowed by the liturgical work of his mentor Haydn, the work is a masterpiece in its own right, and a deeply personal and dramatic depiction of one moving between doubt and faith. The program also features the Vaughan Williams cantata Dona nobis pacem, an impassioned plea for peace premiered in 1936, amid mounting fears of another global conflict.

Ludwig van Beethoven, Mass in C Major, Op. 86
Ralph Vaughan Williams, Dona nobis pacem

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Tickets are $12 for the general public and $6 for students with valid ID.

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Pick-Staiger Concert Hall


50 Arts Cir Dr
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Pick-Staiger is a 972-seat hall located in the Arts Circle on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. The main lobby entrance for concerts is on the west side of the building (revolving and regular doors). Since its inception in 1975, the hall has functioned as both a classroom and performance facility for Bienen School of Music performing ensembles, faculty recitals, festivals, and professional guest artists.