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Masterworks Concert Features Mozart’s Requiem

March 27, 2014

“We will have more than 200 students on stage for what will be a moving and wonderful performance of Mozart’s Requiem.” — Murray Gross

The Alma Symphony Orchestra and Alma College Choirs will join together to perform the masterworks of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including the composer’s well-known but unfinished Requiem Mass in D minor.

The annual masterworks concert takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5 and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6 in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under.

Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

Will Nichols directs choir rehearsal.Will Nichols directs choir rehearsal.

“It’s always exciting when we bring the orchestra together with all three of Alma’s choirs,” says Murray Gross, director of the Alma Symphony Orchestra. “We will have more than 200 students on stage for what will be a moving and wonderful performance of Mozart’s Requiem.”

The Requiem has an interesting history, being the last work Mozart composed prior to his death in 1791, says Gross.

“There is some controversy about the piece because Mozart left it unfinished,” says Gross. “But everyone agrees that the Requiem is one of the great choral/orchestral masterpieces.”

Pianist Tony PattersonPianist Tony Patterson

The concert also will feature one of Mozart’s greatest piano concertos, No. 20, featuring soloist Anthony Patterson. A music instructor and the popular accompanist for the Alma College Choir since 1995, Patterson has won multiple state and regional competitions for his musical talent.

The Alma College Choirs — including the College Chorale, Glee Club and Alma Choir — are directed by Will Nichols.

 

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