The Central Texas Choral Society will do double Beethoven for its spring concert Monday night at Woodway First United Methodist Church, performing the composer’s Mass in C major and his Choral Fantasy in C minor.
The two works, written in 1806 and 1808, respectively, show different aspects of the composer, said CTCS Director David Guess. The Mass, commissioned by the patron of Beethoven’s teacher and mentor Franz Joseph Haydn, features much of the classical structure that Haydn epitomized — even as Beethoven was beginning to move into different stylistic territory, which characterized the following Romantic period.
The concert’s second work, the Choral Fantasy, found the composer experimenting with form, creating a choral work with a sizable part for solo piano. The fantasy also contains themes that Beethoven would later expand upon for his massive Ninth Symphony and its famous “Ode To Joy,” which the CTCS performed four years ago with the Baylor A Cappella and Concert Choirs and Baylor Symphony. “The Choral Fantasy is just a real joy to do,” Guess said.
Supporting the 42-voice group will be a 23-piece orchestra with Baylor pianist Mario Barbosa performing on the fantasy.
The Beethoven concert winds up the season for the CTCS, whose singers provided much of the chorus for the Waco Civic Theatre’s fall production of “Sweeney Todd.” A smaller ensemble from the chorus also performed at the 2016 Waco Christmas Tree lighting and other Christmas activities.
Since its formation in 2012, the chorus has sung such works as the Brahms Requiem, Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with the McLennan Community College Percussion Ensemble, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Baylor choirs and symphony, the WCT production of “Les Miserables,” John Rutter’s “Gloria” with the Bosque Chorale and “Americana!” with the Youth Chorus of Central Texas.