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Release Date: March 28, 2003

ASU Choir to Present 'Mostly Mozart' Performance April 10

The Angelo State University Choir with orchestral accompaniment will spotlight classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart during the Sixth Annual Major Works Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the sanctuary of First Christian Church, 29 N. Oakes, in downtown San Angelo.

A must for classical music fans, the "Mostly Mozart" concert celebrates the spring and Easter seasons. The free concert will provide an exceptional opportunity for the public to hear some of the "wunderkind's" most memorable music, including the sublime "Laudate Dominum" from the Solemn Vespers, featuring soprano Shannon Lindley; the exciting "Dies Irae" from the Requiem in D Minor; and the poignant Lenten motet "Ave Verum Corpus.

Additionally, several operatic highlights will be performed, including the beautiful "Voyager's Chorus" from Idomeneo with soprano soloist Erin Alisanski; "O Isis und Osiris" and "Chorus of the Priests" from The Magic Flute, featuring bass Dr. Eldon Black and the men of the ASU choir; and the famous Don Giovani duet "La ci darem la mano," performed by senior voice majors Nicole Goehry and Justin Yates. The lyrical trio "Soave sia il vento" from Cosi fan tutte will be sung by soprano Rachel Kuntz, mezzo soprano Meagan Shelburne and baritone David San Miguel, all ASU music majors.

Mozart, universally regarded as the most consummate musician the world has ever known, produced the greatest operas of any age, and composed sacred choral works that are profoundly spiritual. A musical prodigy by age five, Mozart could read any piece of music at sight perfectly. He could hear a complex score once and write it down note-for-note afterwards.

Besides that, Mozart was the foremost pianist and organist of his day. Had he wished, he might have been the age's leading violinist, as well. In short, no one surpassed him musically. The highly respected Austrian composer Franz Joseph ("Papa") Haydn told Mozart's father, "Your son is the greatest composer I know, either personally or by reputation." There has been no reason to reverse that opinion in over two centuries.

In addition to highlights from Mozart's masses and operas, the program will also include other favorites from the 18th-century's "Age of Enlightenment.""" Among those are the vigorous "Hallelujah" from Beethoven's oratorio, Christ on the Mount of Olives; "Awake the Harp" and "The Heavens Are Telling" from Haydn's "Creation;" and "Vieni a' regni del riposo," a rarely-heard choral gem from Christoph Willibald Gluck's landmark reform opera, Orpheus.

Many of San Angelo's finest instrumentalists will comprise the orchestra for this concert. Among them are Kitty Carrico and Julia Bass Rogers, flutes; Sharon Towndrow and Kim Dyer, oboes; Mandie Hutchison and Gerardo Loya, clarinets; Brian Gatchel, French horn; Dr. John Irish and David Evans, trumpets; Jason Gregg, timpani; Nada Huey, Kay Knebel, Brandie Phillips, and Debra Scott, violins; Dorothy Douthitt, viola; Amanda Findley, cello; Kelly Durham, double bass; and Louellen Meyer, organ. Guest players from the region will include Scott Hanratty, bassoon; Carl Brower, French horn; and members of Midland Symphony's resident string quartet.

Angelo State's accomplished chorale, under the direction of Dr. Pamela Lee, has been preparing this special program since their appearance on the FAME showcase concert in early March. In past seasons, ASU's choir has presented several major works with orchestra, including Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Faure's Requiem and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. "Mostly Mozart" marks the chorale's sixth annual major works concert.

For more information about the concert or university events in music and the visual arts, call the Angelo State University Department of Art and Music at 942-2085, Ext. 221.