The first portion of the concert will feature several different pieces by Mozart written during his Salzburg period, including “Sancta Maria,” “Solemn Vespers” and “Ave Verum.”
“It is the last piece of choral music that he finished and one of the last pieces he heard,” Weale said of “Ave Verum.”
“On his deathbed, they were two pieces that were sung,” Weale said. “So, ‘Ave Verum’ has a very special place in many choirs.”
The second part of the program will feature Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass,” which was performed after Napoleon’s defeat by Lord Nelson at the Battle of the Nile.
“It was the first time anybody had been able to score points on Napoleon,” Weale said. “So, it was kind of like when the wall came down in Berlin. There was a great deal of rejoicing about it and two years later (Lord Nelson) shows up at this and they sing it for him again.”
Just as the music is organized, Weale said his chorus is as well.
“We have a solid core who have been with me and the rest of the chorus for most of my 26 years,” he added.”And they have been with me long enough so, frankly they know how this thing has to work. They know what a rehearsal is. It’s not a kaffeeklatsch. It’s not a question-and-answer session. It’s a rehearsal. And that’s not something everybody learns. “
IF YOU GO What: Newburyport Choral Society spring concert When: May 4, 8 p.m. and May 5, 2:30 p.m. Where: Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport How: $24 for adults, $22 for students and seniors. Tickets purchased at the door on the day of the concert are $25. For more information on ticket outlets and purchasing tickets, visit newburyportchoralsociety.org.