Arvo Pärt's Berliner Messe

Singers looking for a rich, rewarding choral challenge are invited to participate with us. 

Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals start on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church

  • Rehearsal Wednesday, February 27 at 7:15 

  • No Rehearsal Wednesday, March 6

  • Rehearsal Wednesday, March 13 at 7:15

  • Rehearsal Wednesday, March 20  at 7:15

  • Rehearsal Wednesday, March 27  at 7:15

  • Rehearsal Wednesday, April 3 at 7:15

  • Saturday Dress Rehearsal, April 6 at 9:30 a.m.

 The piece will be sung in worship on Sunday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Rehearsals are between 1 and 2 hours long.  Singers are allowed to miss 1 or 2 rehearsals if necessary.  While there is no audition, previous choral experience is necessary as is an ability to blend.  Music is provided with an RSVP by February 15 to Jennifer Anderson.

about the music

Reviewer Gerald Fisher writes:  Arvo Pärt's Berliner Messe is a masterpiece of the composer's tintinnabulation technique. Written originally for organ and chorus for the 1990 "German Catholic Day." The piece is short but liturgically complete and is particularly rich in Medieval and early Renaissance vocal textures which abound throughout but especially in the fourth movement  Veni Sancte Spiritus is the heart of the piece where the vocal lines dip, rise and hover around a simpler chordal, almost foreboding  string drone.  A more dynamic Credo precedes a long stretched-out Sanctus followed by an unearthly but brief Agnus Dei, which concludes the Mass on a note of expectancy.