The DeKalb Festival Chorus, conducted by Seth Houston, will present its spring concert, featuring Franz Joseph Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall at Northern Illinois University.
Widely hailed as one of Haydn’s greatest masterpieces, the Lord Nelson Mass stands at the cusp of the classical and Romantic musical traditions, portraying Europe at the threshold of war with music that is intense, dramatic and lyrical.
The Mass will feature soloists Mary Lutz-Govertsen, Melissa Arning, Bernard Holcolm and David Govertsen, as well as the DeKalb Festival Orchestra. In addition to the Lord Nelson Mass, the soloists will sing a selection of solo and small ensemble numbers from operas and sacred works by Mozart and Bach.
The DeKalb Festival Chorus is a community choral group that has served the DeKalb area for almost 40 years. It performs classical and contemporary choral works at concerts in the fall and spring each year.
Houston will give a pre-concert lecture at 2:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall.
Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the door. Admission for students will be free, thanks to a grant from the Wurlitzer Foundation.
For information about the chorus, visit www.dekalbfestivalchorus.org.