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Prescott Chorale presents ‘Return to Dresden’ Saturday

Reprises Hasse’s ‘Messe in d minor-1751’

The Prescott Chorale is putting on a concert at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, before going on an overseas tour. (Tom Agostino/Courtesy)

The Prescott Chorale is putting on a concert at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, before going on an overseas tour. (Tom Agostino/Courtesy)

The Prescott Chorale is continuing its mission providing audiences opportunities to experience diverse choral music with its upcoming concert, Return to Dresden.

According to a news release from Tom Agostino, the chorale is reprising its performance of Johan Adolf Hasse’s “Messe in d minor-1751” which it first presented in October 2016 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish in Cottonwood.

The Return to Dresden concert takes place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherds Lane, and precedes the chorale taking the piece on tour to Berlin, Dresden, Prague and Wroclaw from Sunday, June 17, to Thursday, June 29.

“Join them as they pack their bags for a unique trip to the birthplace of the Messe, with a stop in Leipzig to perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach at the Thomaskirche, Bach’s musical home for many years,” the release states.

Tickets are $21 for general admission and $6 for youth ages 13-18 and can be purchased online at www.prescottchorale.org. There is a pre-concert talk 30 minutes before the performance at 2 p.m. by Artistic Director Dennis Houser.

According to the release, many of Hasse’s compisitions were lost in the firebombing of Dresden in 1763 and later at the end of World War II.

“At the Return to Dresden concert, you will hear the result of David Wilson’s 30-year quest to rediscover the music of one of the greatest composers of the 18th century: Johan Adolf Hasse,” the release states. “The mission of Prescott Chorale is to provide our diverse audiences an opportunity to experience choral music in all styles, composition periods and great composers thus drawing on the deep choral skill of our singers to enhance each season’s selections.”

For more information about the Prescott Chorale and to hear sample recordings, visit www.preschottchorale.org.