Professor Joshua Jacobson’s Last Concert
This is Professor Jacobson’s last concert! For his final concert at Northeastern, he has chosen some of the works that he has most enjoyed conducting over the past 45 years. Repertoire to include:
- Mozart’s Requiem. In 1791 Count Franz von Walsegg had commissioned Mozart to compose a mass commemorating the death of his wife, Anna, but Mozart himself died before he was able to finish the work. Eventually Mozart’s widow convinced his student, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, to complete the commission. Singers and audiences alike love this work for its awesome Dies Irae, the grand double fugue Kyrie, the plaintive Lacrymosa, and so much more.
- Dello Joio’s A Jubilant Song. Composed in 1946, this quintessential American work sets verses from Walt Whitman’s poem. The joyous score features syncopated rhythms, frequent changes of meter, and a brilliant piano partnership.
- Rutter’s The Lord Bless You and Keep You, Northeastern’s All Hail and Alma Mater.
- The elite chamber singers will perform three pieces: Eric Whitacre’s best-known work is the mystical “Lux Arumque.” “S.O.S.” is an ebullient jazz song made famous by the Manhattan Transfer, and Professor Jacobson’s arrangement of Ziggy Ellman’s “And the Angels Sing” captures the fun of this swing band song, which is actually based on an old klezmer tune.
- The program will conclude on a nostalgic note, with John Rutter’s 1981 benediction, The Lord Bless You and Keep You.
The 100-voice Northeastern University Choral Society will be joined by accompanist Edwin Swanborn, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and a jazz band. After the concert, join us for a reception in the Curry Student Center Ballroom, just a short walk across campus from the Fenway Center!