Festival Mass

by Oratorio Chorale, Thea Lobo, Jessica Petrus, John David Adams; Emily Isaacson, conductor

Oratorio Chorale; Emily Isaacson

2011; 70 minutes

Commissioned by St. Mary's Cathedral, Philadelphia with support from the American Composers Forum, Penn Latin American & Latino Studies Program, Penn Office of the Provost, Graduate & Professional Student Assembly, and Partners for Sacred Places. 

First performance April 2011, Philadelphia Cathedral. 


The "Kyrie" by Scott Ordway blew us away. We hope there is a chance of hearing the whole Mass at some point. Of particular note was the excellent voice of mezzo soprano Thea Lobo. The other soloists, Jessica Petrus, soprano, and John D. Adams, bass, were also quite good. The Chorale’s new strength in the male parts made this piece possible, especially in the forte sections that sounded like a wall of sound.
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