MUSIC FOR THE ROYAL SHE

Joseph Haydn: Theresienmesse for the Empress Maria Therese

Henry Purcell: Birthday Ode for Queen Mary

George Frideric Handel: Te Deum for Queen Caroline

February 25-28, 2021

True Concord Choir, Soloists & Orchestra

Purchase Tickets:

Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7:00 PM

at Valley Presbyterian Church, Green Valley

Friday, February 26, 2021 at 7:30 PM

at Catalina Foothills High School

Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7:30 PM

at Catalina Foothills High School

Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 3:00 PM

at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

Elegant, Regal   —   A Jubilant Celebration!

The Sounds of an Era, a Distant Time, a Way of Being

Imagine courts and countries deciding who you were going to marry — sight unseen. Think of sailing through stormy seas to a distant shore, reaching land and walking with your new stranger-husband for miles. Finally, in slightly more royal style, a bumpy carriage reaches your new home — a large, cold castle.

Hers was a life of power without self-determination. Jealousy, whispers, great responsibility and little freedom.

At least she deserved a song!

An important patron of Vienese music, Maria Theresa, the last Holy Roman Empress and the first Empress of Austria, was herself the soprano soloist at private court performances of Haydn’s The Creation and The Seasons.

Queen Mary made her mark in many ways: endowing hospitals and the College of William and Mary, influencing garden design, and popularizing blue and white porcelain and the keeping of goldfish as pets.

The young princess Caroline traveled to Britain, making her only sea voyage to start her new life as Queen. Her safe arrival was celebrated by a composition that was later played at her funeral, welcoming her to heaven.

What did all these royal women have in common? Great composers and great music!

The Glory of Voices & Instruments Raised to the Heavens

Fresh Air for the Mind, Heart and Ears