“This is a wonderful opportunity to engage the entire campus, and bring together students, faculty, and staff who are involved or have been with various vocal groups, instrumental groups, and even those who sing for fun.”
More than 100 members of the campus community will serve as part of the chorus. Students, faculty, and staff, along with an orchestra conducted by John Minasian, vice president and dean of Rensselaer’s Hartford campus, will take center stage on Saturday, April 10, in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) Concert Hall, beginning at 8 p.m.
“No doubt, there is a lot of interest in music and the arts at RPI,” said Pendagast, who also plans to lend his voice to the chorus. “This is a wonderful opportunity to engage the entire campus, and bring together students, faculty, and staff who are involved or have been with various vocal groups, instrumental groups, and even those who sing for fun.”
In addition to the chorus, Pendagast noted that an orchestra comprised of 30 professional instrumentalists from the Boston, central Massachusetts, and New York City areas will accompany the chorus and professional vocal soloists.
The Requiem was Mozart’s last composition and is known as one of his most popular and respected works, although the question of how much of the music Mozart managed to complete before his death and how much was later composed by Franz Xaver Süssmayr or others is still debated, according to historians.
The Requiem was commissioned by an Austrian nobleman, Count Walsegg. After Count Walsegg’s wife died, he wanted to have two special memorials in her honor. One was a sculpture; the other was the Requiem, which was to be played annually on the anniversary of his wife’s death. The Requiem was finally performed in a memorial for the count’s wife on December 14, 1793.
Admission to the performance will cost $15.
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