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Classical music in West Virginia and Beyond

FestivALL Summer Sing!

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By Carole Carter
 · June 2, 2010
Charleston's FestivALL 2010

Calling All Choristers!

OK – here’s the problem: Choirs typically don’t rehearse over the summer, so many people miss singing in a chorus. Some want to improve their sight-reading skills. Others just love to sing some of the most beautiful music ever written.

Q. What’s a chorister to do?

A. Join the FestivALL Summer Sing for the Mozart Requiem! Sunday, June 27 at 4 pm at Christ Church United Methodist – piano accompaniment.

Mozart Requiem score


Never sung it? That’s OK. There will be 2 rehearsals: Tuesdays, June 15 & 22 at Christ Church at 7 pm.

Bring your own score – Peters, Kalmus or Schirmer – or pick one up at a rehearsal.

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus


Mozart died before he could finish the work in 1791, so his student Süssmayr, did.

(If you saw the movie Amadeus, you’ll remember all this.)

Let’s just say Süssmayr, didn’t have Mozart’s muse. Then again, Süssmayr wasn’t facing death as Mozart was either.

If two rehearsals are not enough, there are some helpful Internet sites as well.

You can catch performances of each of the movements on YouTube. 

Requiem and Kyrie

There are 12 movements, but don’t panic. Three of them are solo quartets –and some are pretty short.

Perhaps you want to work on your part separately. No problem. There are MIDI files of each part you can download to listen to..

Maybe you don’t speak fluid Latin. (Like, anybody does?!) There are pronunciations and translations online as well.

Emily Capece of womanSong is organizing the event. There will be several directors: Emily, David Donathan, Truman Dalton. David Castleberry, and Dirk Johnson. Most of them will also be soloists, joined by Mariel Van Dalsum-Boggs and Bob Morris.

But says Emily, “we are going to open solos up to choristers as well, if anyone wants to sing a movement.”

This is a grand experiment. It should be fun. Meet & greet at the reception following.

Want more details? Contact Emily Capece or leave a comment here and we’ll check it out for you.

Mona and I will see you there!

WV Classical Calendar -- June 2010

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · June 1, 2010
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