A unique partnership among the Trinity Repertory Singers of Simpson University, the Shasta Symphony and members of the Weaverville Community Chorus will bring a performance of J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat” to the Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center stage at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22.
Following the joint concert performance last spring of Mozart’s “Requiem,” the director of Choral Studies at Simpson University, Dr. Cyril Myers, was eager to schedule two major works at the performing arts center in Weaverville for the 2015-16 season. In addition to the Bach program, a concert of Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed in April by the same performing groups.
“Dr. Myers had never been to TAPAC until just two hours before the Mozart concert started last March and he was very impressed with our performing arts center, as well as with the enthusiastic audience that turned out to hear the music,” said Randall Walker, director of the Weaverville Community Chorus. “He welcomed the singers from Weaverville into his choir at Simpson, and he really believes that the positive benefits of community music can bring people together, even people from very different communities, to create beautiful, inspiring music for the enjoyment of all. So he wanted to come back to Weaverville again to give back to our community.”
The “Magnificat” concert will be performed by an 80-voice choir that includes the Trinity Repertory Singers, members of the Weaverville chorus, along with Dr. Myers’ student chorale from the university. The work will also feature five soloists and will be accompanied by Lois Nichols on the keyboard, along with a chamber orchestra made up of 22 members of the Shasta Symphony.
“Over 100 musicians on stage performing this great music by Bach — that will most likely be a first,” Walker said.
Although the cost to bring the orchestra and soloists to Weaverville will be more than $3,000, admission to the program is free, although donations will be accepted. Sponsorships by Simpson University and some private donors in Redding have contributed a portion of the funds needed, but donations at the concert will need to total at least $1,500 to break even.
“I think we’ll make it,” Walker said. “If we come up a bit short, some of us in town will see to it that the stipends are paid. These soloists and orchestral players are fantastic musicians and they need to be compensated.”
Another concert of the “Magnificat” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Church of the Nazarene, 2225 Bechelli Lane, Redding. Admission for that concert is also free. Donations will be accepted at the door.