Monday, September 28, 2020

Beethoven in Ostrava

Despite restrictions due to coronavirus, an event still took place in Ostrava this evening that was delightful to share with these two.

Claire, Shelby (a JV teammate who lives in Ostrava) and I met up for dinner and then headed over to the beautiful cathedral just off the main Ostrava square.

Tonight was the final concert for the Svatováclavský hudební festival, a musical festival that takes place each year around the Ostrava area. Many of the concerts are in churches like this one. 

The performance tonight was Beethoven's "Missa solemnis D, op 123", a mass he composed over a period of four years, debuting in Russia in 1824. It is considered one of his supreme achievements, and after hearing it tonight, I could agree! 

Composed in five parts - the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei - it is a choral and orchestral masterpiece that left me teary at times as I read along with the text (translated from Latin to Czech). 

Lord have mercy, glory to God, I believe, Holy, and Lamb of God are the themes that comprised this composition played by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and sung by the Brno Philharmonic Choir. 

We all walked out of the cathedral, in awe of both the composer and those who brought it to life tonight. It is truly one of the finest performances I have ever heard!

This sticker was on a car beside the church...not this year's sticker, obviously! But what a way to end this year's festival with this particular performance. 

Whether or not everyone in the cathedral tonight soaked in the clear message, it is a hopeful one that is much needed! 

I can say for sure that the three of us deeply received it.

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