Community News: PCS’s Presentation of Mozart’s Requiem

By Kathy Pitman, Marketing Committee, Palouse Choral Society

The Palouse Choral Society is proud to present a masterwork that may be familiar to classical music lovers across the Quad Cities. This great final work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, entitled Requiem (Levin Completion), was featured in the final dramatic scenes of the award-winning film, Amadeus (1984). The concert will be presented on Friday, April 7 at 7:30 pm. and Sunday, April 9 at 4:00 pm. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Uniontown, Washington. Performers will include: the Palouse Choral Society Chorale, the LCSC Concert Choir, the Palouse Choral Society Festival Orchestra, and four featured soloists, all under the direction of Dr. Sarah J. Graham, Artistic and Music Director of the Palouse Choral Society.

The full name of this master work is actually The Requiem Mass in D Minor (K.626). Mozart composed it in Vienna in 1791 and intimated to his wife that he feared he was writing this piece for his own funeral. Indeed, he was unable to finish it before he died in December of that year. The version of the requiem that will be performed at this concert is the one which Robert Levin, a modern, Harvard-trained musicologist and fortepianist, composed to “complete” Mozart’s work and which he felt stayed true to the themes of the original Requiem. (Mozart was able to complete only one-third of this work.)

Among the featured soloists in Mozart’s Requiem is soprano Tracy Marie Koch, Mezzo-Soprano Ann Benson, Tenor Dr. Timothy Westerhaus and Baritone John Michael Koch.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at palousechoralsociety.org Adult tickets are $15 or 4/$48. Student tickets are $8. Questions about tickets may be answered by calling or texting (208)352-0201. The e-mail address is: boxoffice@palousechoralsociety2.org