Third concert of season scheduled Sunday
CHAMPAIGN — The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana will give their third concert of the season at 3 p.m. Sunday at McKinley Presbyterian Church, Fifth and John streets.
The concert features one of the Baroque period's most popular composers — George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). The two featured works are relatively unknown but beautiful anthems, BACH director Chester Alwes said.
The opening work, "Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline," was composed in a brief span after the death of King George II's wife in 1737.
Because the queen was, like Handel, a native German, the anthem has a particularly intimate character that is almost entirely choral and somber in its orchestration of only oboes and strings.
The second half of the concert opens with the regal march written to accompany the entrance of the Queen of Sheba from the oratorio "Solomon." The showpiece for the oboes is among the most popular and oft-performed of Handel's instrumental compositions.
After that prelude, comes another anthem, "Let God Arise," the 11th of 12 anthems Handel wrote for the chapel of the Duke of Chandos during his residence there (1716-18).
The BACH chorus and orchestra, conducted by Alwes, will be joined by soloists Audrey Vallance, soprano; Cynthia Bauder and Sam Jew, altos; Christopher Hoster, tenor; and Ricardo Sepulveda, bass. Tickets are $20 and $10 and available at the door and at baroqueartists.org.