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Saturday, March 26, 2022
Fairfield County Chorale
A Requiem for the Pandemic
Featuring Mozart's Requiem in D Minor and Thomas Cabaniss' Three Sabbaths
The Fairfield County Chorale will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem in D minor and Thomas Cabaniss’s Three Sabbaths on Saturday March 26th 2022 at 7:30pm in Norwalk Concert Hall.
Internationally renowned conductor Maestro David Rosenmeyer will conduct the Chorale accompanied by The Fairfield County Chorale Orchestra. Guest soloists are Joy Jan Jones, soprano; Eugenia Forteza, mezzo-soprano; Pedro Sequera, tenor, and Hyunsoon Kim, baritone.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began composing the Requiem in the fall of 1791 at the request of Count Franz von Walsegg, who commissioned the piece to commemorate his young wife’s death. Mozart died suddenly on December 5th of that year at the age of 35, leaving the work incomplete. His widow, Costanze, asked a colleague of Mozart’s, the composer Franz Süssmayr, to flesh out what Mozart had written and sketched out so that she could receive payment from the Count. How much of the finished Requiem was Süssmayr’s work and how much had actually been written by Mozart remains a mystery and the subject of much scholarly speculation.
A Requiem is the mass for the dead and as he wrote his manuscript, Mozart apparently became convinced that he was writing this distinctive work for his own funeral. Mozart’s Requiem in D minor is unlike any other of his other compositions, part church style, part Masonic funeral music and part opera. One thing is certain, however, Mozart’s Requiem is a joy to sing and a favorite of concert goers the world over.
Thomas Cabaniss’ Three Sabbaths are a new composition in which the composer puts music to three evocative poems by the American poet, Wendell Berry, who derives inspiration from his observations of the land and nature. The title of the pieces refers to Mr. Berry’s practice of writing his poetry on Sundays.
Venue: March 26, 2022, 7:30pm, Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851
Tickets: Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, $5 for students. Advance tickets are encouraged. www.fairfieldcountychorale.org
Sunday, March 27, 2022
Middlesex Hospital Vocal Chords
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