In recognition of the Feast of the Chair of Peter, the Choir and Orchestra of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe will present the sublime “Mass in G Major, D. 167” by Franz Schubert in the context of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe as part of the Basilica’s 2010-2011 Concert Series. The main celebrant will be the Very Reverend Edward McCarthy, proto-rector of the Basilica.
Schubert’s G Major Mass, his second setting, was composed in 1815. It is one of the best known of his Mass settings. The entire piece was begun and finished in less than a week, and first performed in Schubert’s home parish. The original score was not printed until 1845, several decades after Schubert’s death, and until then had remained one of Schubert’s lesser known works.
In addition to the Schubert Mass, the liturgy will also contain Gregorian Chant and other compositions by Schubert including the famous “Ave Maria”.
The Basilica Choir was founded to minister to the many tourists and visitors to the central Florida area, and to provide sacred music at weekend Masses. The eight singers in the choir are all professional musicians in the Orlando area and are under the direction of Dr. William Picher, Director of Music at the Basilica.
The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe is located at 8300 Vineland Avenue in Orlando, near the Lake Buena Vista of I-4 (exit #68). There is ample free parking. For more information, call the Basilica Music Department at (407) 239-6600 x317, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.