Choral Society to present Mozart's Requiem at BPC on April 27


MOUNT VERNON   The Choral Society of Brewton-Parker College will be accompanied by a 24-piece orchestra when it presents a concert featuring the Requiem of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. in Saliba Chapel.


Conductor for the concert will be Dr. Mark A. Bowdidge, assistant professor of music at Brewton-Parker College.


This will be the first ever performance of this work in the area with an orchestra and will be a musical event that no one will want to miss, Bowdidge said.


"This is a very special occasion for both our students and our community for it is not often that we have to opportunity to hear one of the greatest choral works in the repertoire accompanied by a professional orchestra. We want to encourage the entire community to attend the concert and enjoy this rare experience, Bowdidge said.


The Requiem was Mozart's final work and was left unfinished at the time of his death.  His pupil, Xaver Sussmayr, completed the work. It was first performed in 1792 and has since established itself as one of the most significant choral/orchestral works of all time.


The orchestra will be composed of professional musicians and Brewton-Parker students and faculty.  Generous donations from community members have made funding possible for the orchestra. 


The concert also will feature soloists Dr. Kandie Kearley, soprano; Lexa Ferrill, mezzo-soprano; Christopher Swanson, tenor; and Kyle Ferrill, bass.


There is no admission charge but reserve-seating tickets are available by calling the Music Division of Brewton-Parker College at 583-3136.


This event is sponsored in part by the Grassroots Program of the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriation of the Georgia General Assembly and in partnership with the Ohoopee Regional Council for the Arts, a designated Grassroots Agency.