The BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra and Concert Choir will perform Mozart’s Requiem on Thursday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall.
Kevin Brower, director of the Concert Choir, said Mozart’s Requiem is one of the most important choral/orchestral music works of recorded history.
“Mozart’s music is elegant and refined, yet he is able to communicate emotion so clearly,” said Robert Tueller, director of the Symphony Orchestra.
Much time and effort has been put into the performance, Brower said.
“Music preparation includes hundreds of work hours,” Brower said. “The preparation of the Concert Choir alone represents approximately 525 work hours when considering the sum contribution of each individual singer.”
Tueller said the Requiem is almost an hour long and there is a lot of complexity for the students to keep track of in terms of tempo and style.
Mozart’s Requiem was one of Mozart’s final works before his death and was left unfinished. The piece was completed by one of Mozart’s students, Franz Süssmayr, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica.
“Programming a working such as the Mozart Requiem requires conscientious thought,” Brower said. “One of the most exciting things for me is that the preparation and presentation of this masterpiece of music is occurring at the same time we are launching this new choir.”
Brower said he sees the blessings in having the orchestra and choir collaborate on the piece.
“One of the great blessings of presenting Mozart’s Requiem is in allowing the musical collaboration between choir, orchestra and soloists,” Brower said. “While these types of entities typically function independently, working together presents opportunities for expanded artistic expression.”
Brower said he believes the participants in the concert will benefit from the experience of playing Mozart’s music.
“Over the years, and as an appropriate responsibility of a university, we have been able to study, prepare and program many significant works of some of the most prominent music composers in history,” Brower said. “Like many others, Mozart’s Requiem has great value as a significant music experience for all participants whether on the stage or in the audience.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. He was capable of playing multiple instruments and started playing in public at the age of 6, according to biography.com.
Throughout his life, Mozart composed hundreds of works that included sonatas, symphonies, masses, concertos and operas, according to biography.com.
At the time of his death, Mozart was considered one of the greatest composers of all time, according to biography.com.
For the performance at BYU-I, guest soloists include Michelle Broadbent, Audrey Lambert, Blake Howard and David Olsen. The concert also will feature student concerto winners David Jones on the horn and Tong Liu on the piano, according to the event page of BYU-I’s master calender.
“It’s been many years since this famous work has been performed at BYU-Idaho,” Tueller said. “I think that the audience will have a beautiful and profound experience with Mozart.”
Tickets cost $6 for the general public and $3 for BYU-I students.