The Houston Masterworks Chorus presents the

Poulenc Gloria

The Houston Masterworks Chorus and Conductor, Tom Jaber, will be performing Francis Poulenc's Gloria at Chapelwood UMC at 4pm.

Houston's largest independent chorus, Houston Masterworks Chorus is a community arts organization dedicated to the presentation of great choral music and to the continuation of the choral society tradition. HMC provides classical to contemporary performance opportunities for skilled volunteer singers, choral arts education for young people and adults, and a musical experience that lifts the spirits of performers and audiences alike.

Houston Masterworks Chorus is led by Artistic & Music Director Tom Jaber, who for twenty-five years served as beloved Director of Music and Organist at Chapelwood.

Poulenc was a member of the group of French composers known as "Les Six."  The group was most active in the twenties, and there was a desire in both French art and music to return to simple statements, stressing clarity of expression, wit, and gaiety, even at the expense of unity. 

Poulenc's Gloria is drawn from the Roman Catholic Mass, which is divided into two categories, the Proper, wherein the prayers vary daily throughout the church year, and the Ordinary, which includes prayers sung with almost every Mass. The Ordinary has five sections: KyrieGloriaCredoSanctus, and Agnus Dei. Poulenc has selected the joyful Glorias as the subject of this work. He has sub-divided it into six parts. They are named for the opening line.I. Gloria. Maestoso (Majestic) II. Laudamus Te. Tres vif et joyeux (Very lively and joyful) III. Domine Deus.Tres lent et calme. (Very slow and calm) IV. Domine Fili Unigenite. Tres vite et joyeux. (Very lively and joyful) V. Domine Deus, Agnus Dei. Tres lent; Plus allant. (Very slow and calm; more pace) and VI. Qui Sedes ad Dexteram Patris. Maestoso. (Majestic)

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