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Fredericksburg Chorale Concert Thursday, Friday
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 • Posted May 13, 2009

The Fredericksburg Chorale will present a Spring Concert on Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15, in the fellowship hall of Zion Lutheran Church located at 426 W. Main. Both concerts will begin at 7:00 p.m. The concerts are open to the public - reservations are not needed. Donations will be accepted. Complimentary refreshments will be served during intermission and after the concert. Please call 830-997-6869 for more information.

The concert will feature a premier of a new work, the performance of other compositions by Mark Hierholzer and the great choral masterwork, the Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The concert will begin with the Requiem, a mass for the dead. The text is the traditional text of the Catholic church. Mozart died before finishing the work and his student, Sussmeyer, completed it, using sketches of Mozart’s as well as composing new music of his own. Most of the work is Mozart’s, the Sanctus and Benedicts are by the student, and no one is certain of the Agnus Dei. Sussmeyer claimed it, but many disbelieve his claim.

After an intermission, the second half of the program will begin with a work premiered last February in the Mid-Winter Concert. The Chorale will perform Psalm 118, a setting of the words of David. The last two works of the concert are settings of texts by Stephanie Sutton, with music by Mark Hierholzer. The first, Creation was premiered last May, and the final work on the program, In What Do You Hope For? will be performed for the first time. Both works speak of the creative responsibility of humanity.

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