Joseph Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli (“Mass in Time of War”) will be presented in conjunction with Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival by First Presbyterian Church (Knoxville) with their Chancel Choir, orchestra, and soloists on Sunday morning, April 25, at 11 a.m. The church is at 620 State Street in downtown Knoxville.
The Mass No. 9 in C Major, from 1796, is often called the Paukenmesse (literally, the “kettledrum mass”) due to the timpani in its orchestration. The work is scored for oboes, bassoons, clarinets, strings, timpani, bass continuo, choir, and four soloists (soprano, alto, tenor, bass).