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Friday, March 18, 2005

Chorale, SSO Combine to Perform Mozart Requiem April 3"

SALISBURY, MD---Sixty-six voices from the community and the Salisbury University campus join forces with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra to perform Mozart’s Requiem, K. 626 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3, in Holloway Hall Auditorium.

“The Mozart requiem is undoubtedly one of the most well-known choral-orchestral works in the repertoire,” says Dr. William Folger, musical director. “Many will recall the dramatic scene in the movie Amadeus where the disguised Antonio Salieri commissions the ailing Mozart for a requiem. This powerful work is the result of that dramatic Hollywood confrontation, which, by the way, was historically inaccurate.”

“Mozart, a prolific ‘classical’ composer of many genres including opera, was ahead of his time with this choral-orchestral masterpiece with its pre-romantic and operatic dramaticism,” Folger says.

The structure of Requiem is based on the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead and includes the largest sections: “Introit,” “Kyrie,” “Sequence (Dies irae),” “Offertory,” “Sanctus,” “Benedictus,” “Agnus Dei” and “Communion.” Solo quartets are interspersed with nine choral movements.

Featured performers for the spring concert are from the Salisbury Chorale. They include: Lynda Hinton, alto; Nancy Coleman Mace, alto; Valerie E. Termine, alto; Edgar Isaacs, tenor; Alan Selser, tenor; John Allen, bass and Jim Eaten, bass. Faculty member Anne Binkley performs all soprano solos, and Susan Zimmer, Department of Music staff pianist, accompanies the singers on the organ.

The Salisbury Chorale’s current membership of some 36 members includes students, faculty and community members (who make up the majority of the ensemble). SU’s Chamber Choir is the most select student choral ensemble on campus, requiring an audition for admission. The University Chorale features student singers from across campus. The performance is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6385 or visit the SU Web site

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