Choral Union to Perform Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ with Symphony Orchestra May 2

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The final symphony concert of the 2005-2006 season will feature the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Union and University Choir.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 17, 2006 — The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will combine with the Choral Union and University Choir to present the final symphony concert of the 2005-2006 season at 8 p.m. May 2 in Academic Auditorium.

Featured on this program will be the choral and orchestral masterpiece, the “Requiem” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Also on the program will be the “Romance for Violin and Orchestra” by Antonin Dvorak.  Brandon Christensen, a member of the Southeast Missouri State University music faculty, will be the featured soloist in the “Romance,” by Dvorak, which will be conducted Sara Edgerton. Steven Hendricks will conduct the “Requiem,” by Mozart.

The program will open with the “Romance” by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak.  Dvorak is a celebrated Romantic era composer, who was especially noted for his colorful use of folk song and folk rhythms.  His famous “New World Symphony” is imbued with both American folk songs (derived from his stay in this country), as well as native Czech rhythms and harmonies.  The “Romance,” to be performed on this concert, is a relatively early work.  It is a lyrical work, with the transparent scoring and beautiful harmonies that are so typical of Dvorak’s style.

The concert will continue with the masterwork for chorus and orchestra, Mozart’s “Requiem.”  Left unfinished at his death, Mozart’s wife Constanze pressed into service several of his pupils to complete the work, and that is the form with which we are most familiar today.  As 2006 is the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, it will be a fitting remembrance and celebration of this marvelous 18th century musician and composer. 

“We are very excited about presenting these two lovely compositions for the final concert of this academic year,” said Edgerton, director of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra.  “Many students and community members over the years have suggested Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ as a fitting collaboration for the symphony and choirs here at Southeast.  Since this is the ‘Mozart’ year, with special musical tributes being planned throughout the world to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth, it really seemed to make sense to program the Requiem here at Southeast.  I think it will be a wonderful way to celebrate Mozart’s genius and artistry with a performance of one of his most important and famous compositions.”

Tickets are available by calling the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265.