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Mozart’s Requiem - Vocalective

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART died in 1791, aged just 35 years. His final work, The Requiem, was unfinished at the time of his death, and was the subject of a commission from Count Franz Walsegg – an amateur musician in the habit of ordering works from composers and passing them off as his own.

Although others had made efforts to add to Mozart’s fragments, the Requiem was completed by one of his pupils, Franz Xaver Süsmayr, and has been embraced as one of the most impressive and most popular works in the history of classical music.

Vocalective Music Director and Conductor Michael Loughlin says it’s the perfect piece to kick to off the 2021 program.

“Mozart’s Requiem is one of those iconic pieces of classical music – well–known and very popular,” he says.

“Because of the quality of this 30-voice choir, we felt able to do the work justice, and we wanted to give our audience the opportunity to hear this fantastic music to be performed by four local vocal soloists, choir and orchestra.”

The choir also performs some smaller scale works by Karl Jenkins, Edgar Bainton and the Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen, the talented group ready to hit the stage after the year that was.

“We had to stop in March 2020, just missing out on a performance we were ready for, by two weeks! We were able to resume rehearsals in late July, and presented our concert to a capacity audience in September.

“We also did a live feed of the concert which was seen and appreciated by people in lockdown in the UK, USA, Italy, Germany and Czech Republic. Now, we have requests to live feed all our concerts!

“Since then, we have been able to continue pretty much as before – very fortunate, as there are still many choirs around the country unable to get back to normal.”


WHEN FRI 23 APR | 7.30PM
AT DARWIN MEMORIAL UNITING CHURCH
COST $25 | $10 U15
INFO facebook.com/vocalective.singers.7

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