The Sonoma Valley Chorale presents the music of Antonin Dvorak, choral works including the Mass in D Major with organ and soloists, on Sunday, March 16. The 4 p.m. concert will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Arnold Drive in Sonoma.
Of his 1892 masterpiece, Dvorak wrote: “I am supremely pleased with the result. It could be called: faith, hope and love for God Almighty, and an expression of thanks for this great gift, for having been given the opportunity successfully to complete a work in praise of the Highest, and in honor of our art… Do not be surprised that I am so devout, but an artist who is not cannot achieve anything like this. Take the examples of Beethoven, Bach, Raphael and many others.”
The Sonoma Valley Chorale is a blend of voices of all ages from throughout the area. Under direction of David Irvine, it has been performing as a community chorus since 1973 with a repertoire ranging from Bach to Gershwin.
There will also be a March 15 evening concert at the Presbyterian Church of the Roses in Santa Rosa. Tickets to both shows $12-$22 and available now in Sonoma at the UPS Store, Pharmaca or 935.1476. Sonomavalleychorale.org.