In a particularly inspired move, [Melinda O'Neal] decided to supplement the chorus with an orchestra of period instruments, providing a touch of historical coloring and perspective. This new component proved its worth in a concert of Bach and Handel last December and reaffirmed it in Saturday's mix of Mozart and Haydn.
Mozart's sublime Ave verum corpus was warmly sung, with extra help from the Handel Children's Concert Choir. Other highlights included short pieces by Haydn (originally composed for a mechanical clock) and Mozart (including a startling, harmonically adventuresome gigue), dynamically played by organist Thomas Hetrick.
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