LEWISTON – Jason Tsichlis, a composer and Bates College senior, will premiere his Mass in D-flat major at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in Olin Arts Center Concert Hall.
A setting for sacred texts from the “Liber Usualis,” a collection of commonly used Gregorian chants, the Mass is written for an unaccompanied mixed choir. Tsichlis will conduct the performance, making the event a double debut for this student from Winchester, Mass.
An art and visual culture major, Tsichlis composed the four-movement Mass as an independent study, working with John Corrie, director of the Bates College Choir and artistic director of the Maine Music Society. “I naturally chose to write a mass because of the form’s important role in the history of Western choral music,” Tsichlis said.
The 18 singers will include members of the college choir and three Bates a cappella groups, the Merimanders, the Deansmen and the Manic Optimists.
The concert is open to the public at no cost. The concert hall is at 75 Russell St. For more information, call 786-6135 or visit [email protected]

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