Mozart's Requiem offered by Rowan choir, orchestra

Mozart's Requiem offered by Rowan choir, orchestra

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The Rowan Concert Choir and Orchestra join forces to present the Mozart Requiem on March 27.

Rowan University’s Concert Choir and Orchestra join forces to present one of the most renowned works of choral music ever composed, Mozart’s Requiem, on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8 pm in the university’s Pfleeger Concert Hall. Led by Dr. Thomas Kim, the 60-voice choir performs Robert Levin’s acclaimed completion of the piece, which was left unfinished at the time of Mozart’s death. Soprano Kasey King, alto Kathleen Deffley, tenor Stephen Ferrara and bass Kyle Robinson are soloists for the performance, accompanied by the Rowan University Orchestra.

“The music of the Requiem is much more dramatic than many realize,” Kim states, noting that it came at a time when Mozart was writing operatic works and differs somewhat from his other religious compositions.

Sketches found among Mozart manuscripts in 1960 were the final clues Harvard musicologist Levin needed to create his solution to the mystery of Mozart's unfinished Requiem. A noted Mozart scholar, Levin had completed many of the composer’s fragments and specialized in historically informed performances of his piano works. Levin created what has been hailed as a “compelling,” “inspired” and “historically accurate” completion of the Requiem. This version received its premiere at the European Music Festival in Stuttgart, Germany, in August 1991.

“One of the most important things, though, is being able to showcase our students performing one of the most famous pieces of music in the world,” Kim says.

Director of the Concert Choir at Rowan, Kim received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado and his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Wisconsin. He has served on the faculty at Smith College in Massachusetts as Associate Director of Choral Studies, and at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. While in the Boston area, he was Assistant Conductor of the Harvard Glee Club and founding director of Boston’s Arts Novo Chorus, now Coro Allegro. Kim is a tenor vocalist and has performed numerous solo recitals as well as leading roles in opera and concert repertoire.

Pfleeger Concert Hall is located in Wilson Hall on the campus of Rowan University, Route 322 in Glassboro, NJ. Tickets are $15, general admission; and $7 for seniors, non-Rowan students, alumni and staff. Rowan students are admitted free with valid ID. For tickets and information, contact the box office at (856)-256-4545, email arts@rowan.edu or purchase online at rowan.tix.com.