10/10/2017

The Westminster Symphonic Choir will perform Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, also known as the Great Mass, with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado on Thursday, October 12 at 8 p.m. in Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The Mass in C Minor was Mozart’s last composition in the genre and a work borne of considerable personal and professional conflict, and ultimately was left unfinished. This massive setting of the Roman Catholic Mass pushes the boundaries of the genre to their breaking point, transforming a religious ritual into a spectacular operatic experience

Pablo Heras-Casado has been described by the New York Times as "the thinking person’s idea of a hotshot young conductor,” although his character is better reflected in the quality of the long-term relationships he has developed with orchestras ranging from the San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic to the Philharmonia Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra; from Staatskapelle Berlin and the Mariinsky Orchestra to Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; and as Principal Conductor Laureate of Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York, and Principal Guest Conductor of Teatro Real, Madrid. That character also underlies his commitment as an ambassador for the Spanish charity Ayuda en Acción, supporting and promoting its work to eradicate poverty and injustice internationally.  This performance is Westminster’s first with Maestro Heras-Casado.

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Photo: Post-performance bows with The Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle at Carnegie Hall.