Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Scottsdale Presbyterian Church
3421 North Hayden Road at Osborn

Scottsdale Presbyterian Church

Presented in collaboration with Scottsdale Presbyterian Church

Free Admission – Donations Gratefully Received

Spend a thoughtful Palm Sunday afternoon reflecting on the upcoming Holy Week

From one of the most popular Baroque composers comes an enduring work for soprano and alto soloists and chamber orchestra based on the Stabat Mater sequence, a 13th Century hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The opening of the Latin text, “Stabat mater, dolorosa,” or “the sorrowful mother was standing,” began a portrayal in 20 terzets of the suffering of Christ’s mother on Good Friday as she watched her son’s crucifixion on Golgotha.  The hymn has inspired scores of composers, from the time of its origin to the present day, including Francis Poulenc, Aarvo Pärt, and James MacMillan.  Bach’s recasting of Pergolesi’s version as a cantata keeps the same voice parts, with a richer orchestration, and text based on the German Psalm 51 (“Cancel, Highest, my sins”).  Haydn’s symphony, with a theatrical origin, softens the mood for a hopeful conclusion.

Soprano Melissa Solomon and alto Claire Penneau are the featured soloists.
A pre-concert discussion starting at 2 PM will consider the recurring themes of life, suffering, death, and hope in portrayed in music generally, and particularly in the Stabat Mater.

Complete concert program notes coming soon


Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Stabat Mater, Dolorosa

J. S. Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach
Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden

F. J. Haydn

Franz Josef Haydn
Symphony No. 49 “La Pasione”

MusicaNova Orchestra Concerts are supported by grants from the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the Gannett Foundation, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and Tempe Arts Grants.

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