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Missa Druidica

January 6th, 2012

Talented OBOD member, musician and composer Joseph Nemeth debuts his Missa Druidica this weekend in Denver. It is an impressive and moving piece. Joseph speaks a little about his work here:

A year ago, on my birthday, Marta pushed me out the door and told me to get myself an iMac with music software. So I did, and found myself inspired to write a Druidic Mass, a Missa Druidica — a five-movement work for choir and small orchestra that turned out exceptionally well.

In May I had a chance encounter with the director of a Denver choir, the Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir, and approached him with the score. He liked the music, and now they will be performing it. Several times, in fact.

The opening performance for the piece (three of the five movements), plus other assorted works, is the Twelfth Night celebration at 7:00 pm on Saturday, January 7, 2012, at the Temple Events Center, 1595 Pearl Street (Corner of E. 16th Ave, six blocks east and one block north of Broadway and Colfax), Denver, CO. The performance is followed by a Boar’s Head procession and a traditional Norse Julbord feast. If you don’t know what those are, you are in good company — I don’t have a clue, either. I’m looking forward to finding out. It should be good food, good fun, and beautiful music.

Tickets go on sale on October 29, 2011: $10 for the concert, and $35 for concert and feast. Last year, tickets sold out two weeks before the concert.

This is incredibly exciting for me, because it will be the first live performance of any of my music. 

…Marta and I drove down to Denver to meet with Charlie Samson of Colorado Public Radio for an interview about the Missa Druidica. The interview and portions of the Missa will be played on the program Colorado Matters at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 6. Those of you outside the broadcast range of the Colorado stations can hear the webcast at

Do check out Joseph’s wonderful music but for those who miss the webcast, there is a plan to produce a CD in the near future. Check back here for details.

5 Responses to “Missa Druidica”

  1. What a great opportunity! Thanks for sharing – I have reblogged this as well. (I’m also quite excited by the prospect of a CD – I do hope it will be a live recording, rather than electronic…)

  2. excuse my early morning cheekiness Phillip, but when first glancing at this post, I thought Missa Druidica, sounded like a stripper’s name…lol, been a crazy week. I will check this out, Thanks for posting.

  3. This is wonderful! I remember when the music was first posted in electronic format with the words and thinking how very beautiful it would be if it ever got performed. Looking forward to watching the rise of a new star!

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