West Virginia University Choirs, along with faculty and students from the Division of Music, will presentA Mozart Celebration,at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theater at the Creative Arts Center.
The event celebrates the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was an 18th century European composer.
The choirs will present favorites such as the lyrical”Laudate Dominum,”featuring faculty soprano Janis-Rozena Peri and faculty clarinetist John Weigand.
The newly inaugurated Men’s Choir will combine with faculty hornist Marissa Ulmer and senior vocal performance major Daniel Salls to present excerpts from one of Mozart’s secular Masonic cantatas,said director Kathleen Shannon.
Also, the choir will join with doctoral organ performance major Jason Keefer in a presentation of the �€~Missa Brevis in F,one of Mozart’s 20-minute mass settings.
The earliest of Mozarts works to be presented will be”Te Deum,composed by Mozart when he was only 13 years old. Shannon, Keith McCarthy and Jennifer McCarthy will conduct this performance.
In addition to the choirs, the WVU opera theatre program will present excerpts from Mozart’s often-performed operaThe Magic Flute(in English).
The Sarasvati Trio, which features WVU faculty pianist Christine Kefferstan and Morgantown area musicians, violinist Patty Vandersloot and cellist Susan Bestul, will perform one of Mozart’s renowned piano trios.
This will be followed by George Willis, head of the WVU percussion program, along with three of his students, who will treat the audience to Mozart’s �€~Eighth String Quartet,played on four marimbas,Shannon said.The Undergraduate String Ensemble, coached by new faculty violist Steven Kruse, will present one of Mozart’s most famous works, �€~Eine kleine Nachtmusik.
John Hendricks, WVU director of bands and conductor of the WVU Wind Symphony, will round out the concert with excerpts from the virtuosicSerenade in E-flat,performed by a woodwind ensemble selected from the Wind Symphony.
Tickets are $7 for the general public; $6 for WVU faculty, staff and senior citizens; and $5 for students (with ID). Tickets are available at the Mountainlair and CAC Box Offices at 304-293-SHOW.
For additional information, contact the College of Creative Arts at 304-293-4841, ext. 3108.