DATES: March 27, 2022
TIME: 3:00 PM
VENUE: Civic Center Music Hall

English composer John Rutter’s most recent major work, Mass of the Children, is a moving metaphor of life’s journey, blending the power of youth and adult voices. Joined by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, we depart from the trials of yesterday and turn toward the radiance of a new spring. We will close with the cherished choral classic Dona nobis pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Dona nobis pacem was written in a time of turmoil between the two world wars, combining words of Walt Whitman and others with the Latin mass. It opens with a reverent soprano solo singing “Agnus Dei,” followed with emotional orchestrations of powerful poetry, and ends with glorious praise and a solemn prayer for peace.

John Rutter’s Mass of the Children was written in late 2002, and fulfilled his desire to write a larger work blending the voices of children and adults. The text is that of a standard Latin Mass, where several English poetic texts have been added, creating a stunning, shimmering kaleidoscope of musical moments (from waking to sleeping), like events in a day or landmarks in a life.

Led by Artistic Director Randi Von Ellefson, we’ll be joined by Baritone André Chiang and Soprano Olivia Yokers. Mass of the Children closes with the Canterbury Youth Voices Chorale, led by Conductor Stephen Ziegler, singing Rutter’s evening hymn with Thomas Tallis’ timeless melody, as the adults intone the traditional prayer for peace.


Olivia Yokers

André Chiang

Stephen Ziegler
conductor, CYV Chorale



This concert is made possible in part, by Devon Energy and the Collaborative Orchestra Services Fund.