Hillyer Community Chorus
Hillyer Community Chorus Spectrum: Mozart to Randall Thompson
Choral Music Review by Paul D. Williams, May 17, 2015
CVNC: An Online Arts Journal in North Carolina
Quick now, what composer comes to mind when you hear the expression, "Missa Solemnis?" If you came up with anyone in addition to Beethoven, then you really know your liturgical music. Or perhaps you were simply in attendance for the latest presentation by the Hillyer Community Chorus in the grand old downtown Hillyer Memorial Christian Church. There, the church's own Bill Rashleigh led the chorus with orchestra and soloists in Mozart's Mass in C minor (K. 139), one of several non-Beethoven works sometimes referred to as Missa Solemnis. In so doing, the musicians solemnized a bright spring Sunday afternoon.
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