More than 200 voices will come together at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center as the WVU Choral Area presents W.A. Mozart’s monumental final composition,Requiem,Sunday, Feb. 29, at 3:15 p.m. in the newly renovated Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre.
Faculty and guest soloists include Janis-Rozena Peri, soprano; Catharine Thieme, mezzo soprano; Augusto Paglialunga, tenor; Douglas Starr, baritone; and William Haller, organ.
Guest choirs from the Pittsburgh area will be The Three Rivers Choral Society and The Chancel Choir of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, who will collaborate with the WVU Choral Union and University Choir for this performance. The University Choir is made up of WVU student singers and the WVU Choral Union includes singers from the University as well as from the local community.
According to WVU Choral Director Kathleen Shannon, who will conduct the concert, Mozart’sRequiemhas fascinated historians and music lovers for more than two centuries. The work was left unfinished at his death in 1791.
The intrigue of its commission and post-mortem completion has baffled generations of scholars,she said.The genius of the moving and emotional music is indisputable.
For tickets, contact the Mountainlair and CAC Box Offices at 304-293-SHOW.