The Waupaca Community Chorus and Civic Orchestra will perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at Waupaca High School.
The program will feature Philip Green’s St. Patrick Mass, and the second half will feature choral selections by John Rutter.
Green was a film and television composer and conductor.
He was a house arranger and conductor for Decca and accompanied many of their vocalists. He was later appointed resident musical director of the Rank Organization. He continued to compose and conduct for film and television until his retirement in 1966.
He composed more than 150 film scores, including the acclaimed All Night Long, a retelling of Shakespeare’s Othello in a Jazz Club.
The St. Patrick Mass was composed and recorded in 1971.
The community choir performance of the Mass will utilize baritone soloist Gary Moss to connect all the movements of the work together.
Moss performed with the choir in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. His repertoire includes opera, oratorio, operetta and musical theater.
He holds an undergraduate degree in vocal performance from the University of Utah and both a master’s degree and doctorate in vocal performance from the University of Michigan.
In 2008, Moss joined the roster of Wade Artist Management. In addition, he currently serves on the voice faculty at Luther College and the musical theater faculty at Viterbo University.
The second half of the concert will feature selected choral anthems of English composer John Rutter.
The works include All Things Bright and Beautiful, Be Thou My Vision, For the Beauty of the Earth, I Will Sing With The Spirit, Look to the Day, This is the Day, To Everything There is a Season and The Lord Bless You and Keep You.
Rutter was born in London in 1945 and received his first musical education as a chorister at Highgate School.
He went on to study music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he wrote his first published compositions and conducted his first recording while still a student.
His compositional career has embraced large and small-scale choral works, orchestral and instrumental pieces, a piano concerto, two children’s operas, music for television and specialist writing for such groups as the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and the King’s Singers.
His larger choral works, Gloria, Requiem, Magnificat and Mass of the Children, have all been performed by the Waupaca Community Choir and Civic Orchestra.
“This is an opportunity for us to feature the famous smaller choral works for John Rutter. I am so excited to be able to expose our singers and the community to some of my personal favorites. Rutter has a way of composing melodies that stick with you and are very memorable,” said Conductor Dan Wolfgram.
Tickets may be purchased at the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, Stratton’s Drug Store, Waupaca Community Arts Center and at the door.
The concert is sponsored by the Fine Arts Festival of Waupaca. Tickets for adults are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, while tickets for students are $4 in advance and $6 at the door.