Charlottesville, VA – The Early Music Access Project is proud to present AMASS: A New Mass for Old Instruments on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at 7:30pm at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville. This world premiere performance features composer James Dargan, along with vocal soloists Brianna Robinson and Patrick Dailey, accompanied by strings and organ.
AMASS is a unique composition that combines the spirituals of the Black churches with the Latin mass tradition, using compositional techniques from the medieval, Renaissance, and baroque periods. The work also includes selected pieces by Bach and Buxtehude to punctuate key moments of the Mass.
James Dargan, the composer of AMASS, is a multi-talented artist who has completed bachelor’s degrees in Literature, Religion, and Musicology. He has sung and acted in various choirs and stage productions, and his compositions have been commissioned by several organizations. Dargan’s goal with AMASS is to create a musical experience that blends different styles and periods, showcasing the beauty and power of old instruments.
Joining Dargan on stage are vocal soloists Brianna Robinson and Patrick Dailey. Robinson, a finalist in the 2021 Benjamin Matthews Vocal Competition, has been a Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist with the Boston Lyric Opera. Dailey, known for his powerful countertenor voice, has performed with prestigious orchestras and opera companies across the country.
The Early Music Access Project is dedicated to bringing early music to the Charlottesville community. The organization is grateful for the support of season sponsors, including The Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, The Rea Charitable Trust, and the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge.
Tickets for AMASS are available online and at the door. General admission is $25, and student/economic need tickets are $10. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.earlymusiccville.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t miss this extraordinary musical event that combines old instruments, spirituals, and the Latin mass tradition. Experience the magic of AMASS on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville.