August 18, 2022

Capella Cantorum to Perform “Petite Messe Solennelle”

Music Director/Conductor and co-founder of Cappella Cantorum, Barry B. Asch

Cappella Cantorum, a 100 voice community chorus conducted by co-founder Barry Asch since 1970, will perform Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle,” a work with a misleading title, on Saturday December 3 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m. at John Winthrop Middle School, 1 Winthrop Road , Deep River, Rt. 80 or Exit 5 off Rt. 9.

The “Petite Messe Solennelle was composed in 1863, and is scored for four soloists and chorus with harmonium and two piano accompaniment.  The works title is misleading since the “Petite Messe Solennelle” is neither petite nor particularly solemn. Despite the religious text, it is unmistakably operatic in style.  The music ranges from hushed intensity to boisterous high spirits, and abounds in the memorable tunes and rhythmic vitality for which Rossini became justly famous.

Tickets are $20 and available at Celebrations, Deep River; Homeworks, Old Saybrook; The Bowerbird, Old Lyme; and Stewart’s Music, Niantic or call 860-767-8452, children twelve and under are free.