The Mozart Requiem, one of the great choral masterworks, will be performed Saturday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Stephens Auditorium, by the combined ISU choral ensembles and the ISU Symphony Orchestra. The 300-voice chorus will consist of the Iowa State Singers, Cantamus, Iowa Statesmen, and Lyrica. Thirteen student vocalists will also be featured as soloists.
The students will perform the new Robert Levin edition of the Requiem, which differs from the standard edition, completed by Mozart’s student, Sussmayer, shortly after the composer’s death. Levin, a musicologist and performer at Harvard, expanded and re-orchestrated the work. Director of Choral Activities at ISU, Dr. James Rodde, believes that Levin has given the Requiem a fresh look, and enjoyable new challenges for the students.
Also on the program will be three American folk arrangements by Mack Wilberg, conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Saints Bound for Heaven, Shenandoah, and Amazing Grace.
The ISU Symphony Orchestra is under the leadership of Dr. Jacob Harrison, Director of Orchestra Activities, and the choirs are under the direction of Kathleen Rodde and Dr. James Rodde, who will conduct the performance.
Tickets are $10/$7 and are available at the Stephens box office.