Music of Camille Saint-Saens: Christmas Oratorio Op 12 and Messe Op 4
Conductor: Dr. Bruce Cain
Organist: Dr. David Polley
When: Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 4 pm
Where: Lois Perkins Chapel on the Southwestern University campus
Tickets: $20, free with SU student ID
Tickets available at the door and on this website
Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) was a French composer of the 19th century who wrote in a wide variety of genres, including symphony, instrumental and piano concertos, opera, sacred music, and chamber music. Fortunately for the San Gabriel Chorale, he also produced a number of choral works and oratorios, two of which are on the program for our fall concert. Both these works also feature our organist, Dr. David Polley, and the fine instrument in the Lois Perkins Chapel at Southwestern University.
Saint-Saens was himself a concert pianist and his talents were clear from a very young age. He gained fame as a prolific composer, performer, and teacher. Many of his works are well known and are frequently performed to this day.
The Christmas Oratorio Op 12 was written in 1858 for organ, soloists and chorus as a musical interpretation of the Christmas event starting with the Annunciation and proceeding through the joy of the promise now fulfilled and a final hymn of praise.
The Messe Op 4 was written in 1855 for organ, soloists and mixed chorus. Starting with the Kyrie and proceeding through Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei, this work follows the Mass format well known in many great choral works.