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DePauw Orchestra and Choirs Close Concert Year with Mozart Mass

April 26, 2006

chamber singers 2.jpgApril 26, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - The final orchestral and choral concert of the academic year at the DePauw School of Music continues the worldwide celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's music. This year marks the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth in 1756. Earlier this year the DePauw Opera performed Mozart's The Magic Flute.

On Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, the DePauw Chamber Singers and DePauw University Chorus, directed by Gabriel Grouch, will perform Mozart's Mass in C minor, K. 427 with the DePauw University Orchestra conducted by Orcenith Smith.

Written in 1783, the monumental work is incomplete, but shows how the great composer was learning technical skills acquired from becoming acquainted with the baroque music of J.S. Bach and Handel. He wrote the work as a part celebration of his marriage in 1782. His family, having moved to Vienna, returned to his hometown of Salzburg to perform it, his wife Constanze singing the soprano solos.Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.jpg

The one-hour performance will feature numerous student soloists including sopranos, Sarah Fox, Jessica Finchum, Elizabeth Hartnett, Jennifer Smith and Stacey Erin Sands; mezzos, Emily Stubbs, and Trisha Wells; tenor, Nick Nesbitt; and baritone, William Sales.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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