Earth Mass: UNCW Choirs, chamber ensemble

Saturday, April 7, 2018
4:00 PM
Cultural Arts CA1075 Beckwith Recital Hall
Event Type
Music Dept.
UNCW Department of Music

A special performance of Paul Winter's Earth Mass
(with an open rehearsal at 11 a.m.) 
Conducted by Joe Hickman, performed by UNCW Combined Choirs, chamber ensemble and special guests: former members of UNCW choirs return to perform in the choir for this celebration of the Earth.
The Missa Gaia, or Earth Mass, whose name derives from the ancient Greek word gaia meaning “earth,” was commissioned by the the Very Reverend James Parks Morton, Dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, as a contemporary, ecumenical mass. Composed in 1980 by Paul Winter, Jim Scott, Paul Halley, Oscar Castro-Neves, and Kim Oler, Missa Gaia developed as a musical, liturgical celebration of the earth and the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi. Along with the voices of choir, Earth Mass brings in the voices of nature: wolves, whales, seals.
     Missa Gaia follows the traditional structure of the mass and comprises an opening canticle ("Canticle of Brother Sun"), Kyrie (with Alaskan tundra wolf), Beatitudes (from the Gospel of St. Matthew), Sanctus (with humpback whale), Agnus Dei (with harp seals), hymn of celebration ("The Blue-Green Hills of Earth") and a closing canticle (reprise of "Canticle of Brother Sun"). The result is an inspiring work that has become part of the choral repertoire mainstream, making the leap from “church music” to “concert music.”
     A lovely way to celebrate SeaHawk Preview Day! And what better way to prepare for Earth Day! 
Campus visitors!
Make this part of your Preview Day experience.
If you're interested in studying music or being part of a music ensemble, this concert is a wonderful introduction to the music program.
The concert is free, so make sure you arrive early to get a seat! 

Special open rehearsal (free and open to the public)
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Arrive when you can and stay as long as you like!

Free: tickets are not needed to attend the open rehearsal or the concert.

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Directions to Beckwith Recital Hall:


Arrive on time: at least 10 minutes before start of concert

•   Arrive at the concert venue at least 15 minutes before the posted concert time. If you need to get a ticket at the box office, have your UNCW student ID ready and arrive at least another 5 sooner.

Concert attendance and program stamping

Programs for students registered in Department of Music classes are stamped by the ushers at the end of the performance. 

   •   If you leave before the concert ends, your program will not be stamped.

   •   If ushers should run out of programs, ask them to stamp your ticket stub at the end of the concert. Let your teacher know what happened. 


Use of electronic devices during performances

   •   use of computers, tablets, phones is not allowed during performances. Anyone using an electronic device will be asked to put it away. Noncompliance may result in being asked to leave the event.

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