Bruckner Society Sponsors a Special Concert in Houston

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The Board of Directors of the Bruckner Society of America has voted to sponsor a special Bruckner concert being presented by the Houston Symphony Chorus and the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston.

Benjamin Korstvedt, President of the Bruckner Society and Professor of Music at Clark University said, "This concert is exactly the sort of undertaking that the Bruckner Society of America is thrilled to be able to support and encourage. The mission of the Society is to advance interest in and appreciation of the music of Anton Bruckner in this country. These concerts will be wonderful contributions to this goal."

The Houston Symphony Chorus and the Moores School Symphony Orchestra presented the Mass No. 3 in F Minor, "Great Mass", of Anton Bruckner, in two public performances, Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27, 2013. It was the Houston premiere of Bruckner's masterwork with full symphony orchestra.

Maestro Franz Anton Krager, music director of the Moores School Symphony Orchestra, conducted both performances, which were held at the Grace Presbyterian Church in Houston. Soloists in the Mass were Cynthia Clayton, soprano; Melanie Sonnenberg, mezzo-soprano; Joseph Evans, tenor; and Timothy Jones, bass-baritone.

The Mass was presented in a liturgically augmented sequence in which a Bruckner motet was inserted at a customary place within the Mass: Ave Maria III was sung by bass-baritone Timothy Jones as the Offertory before the Sanctus. The concert opened with another Houston premiere, the Symphonisches Praeludium, a short orchestral work at times attributed to Gustav Mahler or Anton Bruckner. While the exact circumstances of the composition of this Prelude have not been determined, it is certain to have been composed within the circle of Bruckner and his students at the Vienna Conservatory of Music.

Photos from the concert can be seen below.

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