Mozart Requiem in March
By Michael Diorio
The Redeemer music program will present Mozart’s Requiem on Saturday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. Our Schola and Adult Choir members will be joined by a full orchestra, and the choirs of Trinity Church, Princeton, with our staff singers as the featured soloists.
The Requiem was composed almost 225 years ago, and was unfinished when Mozart died on December 5, 1791. It was commissioned by an unknown party for a mere 225 florins, roughly $945 in today’s monies. The revenues that the Requiem has generated over the past two centuries, through recordings, performances, royalties and the like, would have made Mozart a wealthy man, yet he died practically penniless.
Even more amazing is the perennial appeal of this work. Even as customs, tastes and styles evolve, Mozart’s Requiem, and the brilliance it reflects, remain timeless.
While this is a ticketed event, it will also serve as both a memorial concert and a fundraiser for The Redeemer’s music program. Donors may sponsor a specific movement of the Requiem in honor or memory of a loved one. For a set donation, the names of those remembered will appear in the program together with the names of the sponsors.
Our hope is to present this program not as a concert event, but as a meaningful sacred offering that inspires hope of redemption and peace in God’s eternal light. By pairing movements of the Requiem with the names of those dearly remembered, as the Faure Requiem was presented in November, we underscore the abiding kinship—as the Church promises—between us and “those who rejoice with us, but on another shore.”
Please mark your calendars for this exciting offering and consider your involvement as a benefactor or sponsor. If you would like information on how to become a sponsor or benefactor, please contact the music office by emailing MDiorio@TheRedeemer.org or call 610.525.2486, ext. 22.
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