Choral Union Begins Spring Rehearsals Jan. 21

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 16, 2014 – The Southeast Missouri State University Choral Union will begin its spring rehearsals Tuesday, Jan. 21, for a May 6 performance of Haydn’s “Harmoniemesse.”

Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. in Room 155 of the Cultural Arts Center at the River Campus.

Membership in the Choral Union is open to all experienced and confident singers.

Dr. Peter Durow, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Southeast, says he is interested in keeping “a flow of new musicians” coming into the group who are interested in preparing for “high caliber performances.” Southeast students may enroll and receive University credit for participating, however, community members may take part in the ensemble without receiving University credit. No auditions are required.

The repertoire for the spring semester will include Haydn’s final major work, the “Harmoniemesse” (Wind-Band Mass), which was composed in 1802. This 40-minute multi-movement mass setting will be performed with a quartet of music faculty vocal soloists and the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra.

“Bring a friend who likes to sing, and come find out what the greatest living composer of his era wrote when he was 70 years old,” Durow said.

Music will be available for purchase at the first rehearsals for $15. There are no additional fees to sing as a community member. For more information, contact Durow at (573) 651-2342 or pdurow@semo.edu.