On Friday, April 20th, Concert Choir and members of Lincoln Park’s premier band and orchestra performed Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis, or Mass for Troubled Times, under the direction of Mr. Ian Martin, one of the Lincoln Park choir teachers. The mass was held at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in the evening with many family and community members in attendance.
With a total of six contrasting movements featuring professional soloists, many audience members were impressed with the collaborative effort and hard work the piece necessitated.
Giselle Lopez, a junior who was in attendance, commented on the ease with which the mass was performed, noting that “all the [movements] were performed and transitioned into very smoothly to make it one cohesive piece.”
Each concert program included a message from one of the performers about their personal experience with the mass. One student related the modal contrast within the piece to her own experience with depression and anxiety. It was clear that that effort and performance was a cathartic experience for many of the performers as well as the conductor, who was moved nearly to tears at the concert’s end.
When asked how he was feeling after the final movement had ended, Mr. Martin stated, “I was just very proud of the work everyone did, their willingness to be vulnerable and do something different and challenging. [The performers] did it well with a lot of focus and involvement and I was just very thankful for their hard work.”
Recording of Missa in Angustiis