Spring has arrived in the Lowcountry … the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining; the pollen is covering everything; and the birds are singing the songs of the season. What better way to welcome spring than with the Hilton Head Choral Society’s annual spring concert? This year is going to be a special treat for concert goers – a celebration of arguably the greatest musical mastermind of the modern era…Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!
As our “Season of New Beginnings” continues, you don’t want to miss this magical evening! The Choral Society will be joined by members of the Charleston Southern University Music Department Faculty and CSU Alumni to perform Mozart’s setting of the Coronation Mass and select numbers from some of his most famous operas including the Marriage of Figaro and Cosi fan Tutte.
In Mozart’s day, Marriage of Figaro, spiked controversary by poking fun at the aristocracy during a time of revolution. The storyline of servants rising up and outwitting their masters, caused the play to be banned in many cities. Despite its rocky start, today it is considered to be one of his most well known operas and one that the audience will surely enjoy as the Charleston Southern Faculty and Alumni perform a selection of pieces from it.
Cosi fan Tutte was actually considered a comedy in Mozart’s time. With both it’s moving and beautiful parts, today it might be viewed as more of a soap opera or a reality TV show. Despite its comical nature, Mozart’s musical prowess shines through each note and melody.
The audience will be reminded why Mozart was considered such a gifted composer – writing his first opera at age 12! His pieces are also very complex and intricate. He was one of the few composers in history to compose masterworks in every musical genre.
You’ll definitely recognize the orchestral pieces that will consist of solos, duets, small groups, as well as full chorus participation. A special soloist will be HHCS’s Artistic Director’s wife, Lee Ousley. Her beautiful voice will touch the audience with its pristine pitch and tone.
We look forward to seeing you on Friday, March 31st as we celebrate this musical mastermind. So get your tickets today!