The 20th annual Summer Festival of Sacred Music continues this Sunday at 11 am with a service featuring Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass with the combined choirs of St. Bartholomew’s Church and an orchestra of period instruments.

In 1779, Mozart returned to Salzburg from a disastrous trip in Paris and, to please his father (and out of material necessity), he secured a position in the Archbishop's service in Salzburg. He was to “begrudgingly and with great diligence discharge his duties both in the cathedral and at court and in the chapel house, and as occasion presents, to provide the court and church with new compositions of his own creation.” Mozart first fulfilled this latter requirement by composing the Missa in C, K. 317 for Easter Day, April 1779.

The work is in a hybrid form preferred by the Archbishop: the inclusion of wind instruments suggests a “Solemn Mass" but its brevity suggests a “Short Mass.” The nickname, “Coronation,” grew from the misguided belief that Mozart had written the Mass for Salzburg's annual “crowning” celebration at the Shrine of the Virgin. The more likely explanation is that it was one of the works performed during the coronation festivities in Prague, either for Leopold II in August 1791, or for his successor Francis I in August 1792.

St. Bartholomew’s Boy and Girl Choristers, St. Bart’s Singers and St. Bartholomew’s Choir will be accompanied by an orchestra of period instruments.

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Would you like to learn and practice the hymns for the Sunday 11 o'clock service BEFORE Sunday? Then join us for a Summer Hymn Sing! This class will meet WEDNESDAY NIGHTS IN AUGUST. We had a great turnout for the first session, and hope you will join us for the remaining sessions! We will gather in the chancel immediately following the Wednesday 6 pm Eucharist, around 6:45. Led by parishioner Dawn Helene. If you think you might be interested in this offering, please RSVP: .