UW-Green Bay Chorale to feature Mozart, guest orchestra in Nov. 18 concert

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chorale will feature Mozart’s Coronation Mass during a Friday, Nov. 18 concert in the Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Coronation Mass, also known as Missa in C, K. 317 and Krönungs-Messe, will be performed with a guest orchestra featuring community members, students and UW-Green Bay music faculty members. The piece is a 30-minute work set in six movements, scored for four solo voices, choir and orchestra. It was composed in March of 1779 and first performed on Easter Sunday that year. The nickname Coronation Mass most likely was given after it was performed at the coronation ceremony for Leopold II in 1791.

The Chorale concert also will include a variety of unaccompanied choral compositions by Renaissance composer Tomás Luis de Victoria of Spain, 19th-century composers Antonín Dvořák and Johannes Brahms, and African American spirituals arranged by Alice Parker, Robert Shaw and Moses Hogan. Randall Meder, UW-Green Bay assistant professor of Arts and Visual Design, will conduct the concert.

Chorale is UW-Green Bay’s premier choral ensemble, with members selected through a rigorous audition with an emphasis on sight-reading skills. The repertoire, drawn from a wide variety of periods and styles, is extremely challenging and requires a great deal of individual preparation. UW-Green Bay is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Tickets for the performance are $5 for students and seniors and $7 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at University Ticketing Service & Information Center 465-2400 or www.uwgb.edu/music/events.asp, or at the Weidner Center box office the night of the performance.

The Chorale performance is the 10th concert of UW-Green Bay’s 2011-12 season. For more information on UW-Green Bay’s music program, visit www.uwgb.edu/music/.


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