European premiere of the Missa Kreyòl: A Concert Mass Inspired by the Culture of Haiti & Quebec
Glenn McClure has been working for several decades not only at various universities, he also engages intensively with cultures to create larger works that integrate these new worlds into the classical music tradition.
The idea for the Missa Kreyol arose when he met with Haitian migrants in Canada and was thrilled by the sophisticated polyrhythmic structure of Haitian music, the diversity in the melody, and the beauty of the Kreyol language. He created this work with the medieval genre of the “mass,” interwoven with the zest for life of the Caribbean faithful.
The fact that the Lutheran liturgy was introduced by the missionaries to Haiti makes the Mass even more interesting and extraordinary at our location.
The composer Glenn McClure is familiar with the conductor and musicians who have performed some of his other works and wishes to have the concert recorded on Sunday, December 9, to make his work known worldwide.
Glenn McClure followed in 2016 the invitation of Dr. Ing. Konrad Hummel, and was a guest of the city of Mannheim at the celebration in the conversion of Benjamin Franklin neighborhood. He also shared lectures at the University of Mannheim Pop Academy and discussions with various cultural groups of the city of Mannheim during his visit.
Admission is free. Participating in the performance are the choirs of the Paul Gerhardt and Epiphanias churches, orchestra is medical faculty of the University of Heidelberg, Mannheim campus together with musicians who study jazz and popular music at the Mannheim conservatory.
Soloists are Angela Larosee and Andres Felipe Orozco.
Directed by Patricia Rojas-Schubert
December 9th, 5pm at Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Erlenstraße 31, 68169 Mannheim, Germany