Mozart’s Final Work Will be Performed at Baylor’s 111th Annual President’s Concert

A Cappella Choir
A Cappella Choir
April 24, 2014

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WACO, Texas (April 25, 2014) – The Baylor School A Cappella choir and the Baylor Chamber Orchestra will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Requiem Mass” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, for the school’s 111th annual President’s Concert in the Glennis McCrary Music Building, 110 Baylor Ave.

Mozart had not yet completed “Requiem” when he died in 1791. It was completed by his student, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, though it cannot be determined how much of the work was Mozart’s and how much was his student’s.

“The music is filled with anger, turmoil and rage while possessing great moments of beauty, elegance and peace,” said Alan Raines, DMA, the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Music and director of choral activities in Baylor’s School of Music. “Upon his death, Mozart’s wife, Constanza, worked with some of his students to see that it was completed so as to be able to receive the remaining commission funds.”

The piece is considered to be one of the top 10 masterworks of the choral repertory, he told the Waco Tribune-Herald .

Raines will lead the choir on Saturday, which will feature solos by master’s candidate in voice studies Kaitlyn Stobbe, senior applied music major Chrystle Hicks, master’s candidate in performance studies Bille Bruley and guest artist Matthew Treviño.

General admission tickets, priced at $15, may be purchased online from the School of Music's website or in the main lobby of the McCrary Music Building. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music box office at 254-710-3571.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC

The Baylor University School of Music provides transformational experiences that prepare students for careers in music. Our students thrive in a Christian environment characterized by a nurturing resident faculty, an unwavering pursuit of musical excellence, a global perspective, dedication to service, and devotion to faith. They investigate the rich musical and cultural heritage of the past, develop superior musical skills and knowledge in the present, and explore and create new modes of musical expression for the future. While preparing for future leadership roles, the students join with School of Music faculty in enhancing the quality of community life, enriching the larger culture, and making Baylor a place in which heart, mind and soul coalesce. The School of Music of Baylor University is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Texas Association of Music Schools. Degree programs leading to the bachelor of music education degree conform to certification requirements of the Texas Education Agency.

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