The “Mass for Troubled Times” or “Lord Nelson Mass” was composed by Franz Joseph Haydn over a six-week period in 1798. The symphonic work’s unusual orchestration — strings, trumpets, timpani and organ (no woodwinds or low brass) — creates a stark sound, capturing the fear and turmoil of the time in Europe as Napoleon Bonaparte had just won four major battles and the French military chief was threatening to conquer the world.
The Oratorio Society of Queens, the borough’s oldest performing cultural organization, and the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens will perform this mass and some opera highlights from America’s musical heritage in Bayside on Sunday.
Details: Oratorio Society of Queens Annual Spring Concert, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, May 17, 4 pm, 35/$30 for seniors (62+) and students with identification/$10 for children (12 and under).
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