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Mass in Blue
Will Todd

Sonia Anfiloff (soprano)

Misa Criolla
Ariel Ramírez
Michael Martin (tenor)
Ben Connor (bass)

Hughes Baptist Church, Groom Street, Hughes
7.30 pm Saturday 2 September 2017

With the generous support of the
Embassy of the Argentine Republic

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Adults $35 - Seniors & pensioners $33 - Students $30
Children under 15 years $15 - Family $90

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About this concert

Mass in Blue

British composer and pianist Will Todd (b.1970) is best-known for his choral works, among them The Call of Wisdom, commissioned for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, and the Mass in Blue.

Written in 2003 in response to a commission by Hertfordshire Chorus, and originally premiered under the title Jazz Mass, Mass in Blue is an exciting fusion of choral music, liturgical harmony and pure blues. It combines two very different musical traditions: the sung Mass, one of the oldest forms of European music, and the blues, a distinct form of African-American music that came into prominence in the nineteenth century and paved the way for jazz.

Misa Criolla

Ariel Ramírez (1921–2010) was an Argentinian composer, pianist and music director. He was considered "a chief exponent of Argentine folk music" and noted for his "iconic" musical compositions. His best-known work, the Misa Criolla ("Creole Mass"), composed in 1963, is an extraordinary choral work that combines the rhythms and traditions of Hispanic America with the traditional Catholic mass.

It is also one of the first masses to be celebrated in a modern language – after the Second Vatican Council in 1963 vernacular mass settings were permitted for the first time.

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