Nicholas McGegan will lead the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphonic Choir in the world premiere of Stephen Hough’s Missa Mirabilis for orchestra and chorus on April 6 at Indianapolis’s Hilbert Circle Theatre. In conjunction with that event—also featuring Hough as pianist—the composer will host an hourlong live “Tweet-up” question-and-answer session on April 2 at 7 p.m. (EDT). At the Twitter session, participants may ask Hough questions by using the hashtag #HoughISO. Hough has said he used the term “mirabilis” in the work’s title after being in a serious car crash in 2006, from which he said he “stepped out of the untouched door of my completely mangled car with my Mass manuscript and body intact.” The piece appears on the ISO’s Easter-weekend program with Haydn’s Symphony No. 30 (“Alleluia”), Brahms’s Gesang der Parzen (“Song of the Fates”), and Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with Hough as soloist.
Posted March 30, 2012