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Hood choir performs Lord Nelson, Zakok the Priest

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—Two of the most widely known choral and orchestral compositions will be performed April 15 at 3 p.m. in Coffman Chapel at Hood College.

Josef Haydn's "Missa in Angustiis," universally known as the "Lord Nelson Mass," and George Friderick Handel's "Zadok the Priest" will be performed by Hood's choir and guest soloists accompanied by a full professional orchestra.

"Lord Nelson," described as one of Haydn's greatest works, is one of 14 masses written by the composer. Written over a six-week period in the summer of 1798, the mass is dedicated to Admiral Nelson, whose ships cornered and destroyed Napoleon Bonaparte's fleet, which had escaped the British blockade and was on a path to gaining control over the Mediterranean nations.

"Zadok the Priest," one of four coronation anthems Handel composed for the coronation of George II of Great Britain in 1727, uses texts from the King James Bible. It has been sung at every subsequent British coronation service, traditionally performed during the sovereign's anointing.

Guest soloists include Lisa Dodson and Jan Aaland, sopranos; Adam Caughey, tenor; and Jeffrey Tarr, bass. Orchestra members include Wayne Wold, organ; Alison Kim Bazala, cello; violinist RoseAnn Lester, concertmistress; Anna Claire Ayoub, bassoon; and David Lester, bass.

Students who major in music as well as in other programs comprise the Hood choir. Full-orchestra performances give choral program members experience with classical works and serves to broaden their knowledge and appreciation of choral repertoire.

The choir and orchestra are under the direction of Lynn Staininger, director of choral activities.

The concert is free and no tickets are required.

For more information, contact Staininger at (301) 696-3875.