Mozart Requiem: The Story of a Masterwork
Friday, November 20, 2015 at 8PM
St Andrew Presbyterian Church, Sonoma
Bachgrounder at 7:25PM
Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 7PM,
St. Vincent de Paul Church, Petaluma
Bachgrounder at 6:25PM
Dianna Richardson, soprano Sonoma Bach Choir
Karen Clark, alto Live Oak Baroque Orchestra
Kyle Stegall, tenor Robert Worth, director
Ben Kazez, bass Elizabeth Blumenstock, concertmaster
When Mozart died at the age 35, he left his Requiem Mass very much unfinished. The story of how the 'torso" of this work became one of the most beloved classical masterpieces is one of the great tales of music history. Our Bachgrounder will explore the compositional history of the Requiem; the concert will present, first, the work exactly as Mozart Left it, and then as it is known to the world, as completed by Mozart's student Franz Xavier Süssmayr.
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Mozart Requiem II. Kyrie
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Twenty five years ago, Sonoma State Concert Chorale - under the direction of faculty member/Conductor Robert Worth - made its first concert tour to Mexico. While in Taxco, Chorale members learned that the gulf war had just started. Their performance that evening of spiritual masterworks by composers from the 16th to 18th centuries had a particularly powerful emotional impact on singers and audience members alike. So significant was this experience, in fact, that - before the Chorale had even finished the tour and returned to Sonoma County – it had been determined that all future concert repertoire would be exclusively selected from the Early Music and Baroque eras. Within a year, the Sonoma State Concert Chorale changed its name to the Sonoma County Bach Choir (SCBC) and for the next 16 years it remained an SSU performance ensemble. In 2008, the SCBC became a separate nonprofit organization, continuing under the direction of founding Music Director and Conductor Robert Worth. And now, twenty-five years later, Sonoma Bach continues to provide North Bay audiences with exceptional Early Music choral and instrumental programming.