Worcester Chorus Performs Mozart and Poulenc

February 4, 2016


MARCH 4, 2016

Contact Midge Hamilton, 508-754-3231  x 201 midge@musicworcester.org
For Immediate Release

Mozart Requiem & Poulenc Gloria
Worcester Chorus, Artistic Director Chris Shepard,
Orchestra & Soloists

WORCESTER, MASS. — January 28, 2016 for immediate release


The Requiem Mass in D minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was composed in Vienna in 1791 and left unfinished at the composer's death on December 5. A completion dated 1792 by Franz Xaver Süssmayr was delivered to Count Franz von Walsegg, who had anonymously commissioned the piece for a Requiem Mass to commemorate the February 14 anniversary of his wife's death.

With multiple levels of deception surrounding the Requiem's completion, a natural outcome is the mythologizing which subsequently occurred. One series of myths surrounding the Requiem involves the role Antonio Salieri played in the commissioning and completion of the Requiem (and in Mozart's death generally). While the most recent retelling of this myth is Peter Shaffer's play Amadeus and the movie made from it, it is important to note that the source of misinformation was actually a 19th-century play by Alexander Pushkin, Mozart and Salieri, which was turned into an opera by Rimsky-Korsakov and subsequently used as the framework for Amadeus.

Dr. Chris Shepard, Artistic Director, will conduct the chorus, soloists, and orchestra in historic Mechanics Hall.

Whether it's Worcester, Boston, Wisconsin, or Australia, this presentation's vocal soloists come from all over and are known for their lengthy travel resumes and excellent performances.

Soprano soloist Esther Heideman's career began with her Carnegie Hall debut, singing Handel’s Messiah. Since this time, she has performed with major orchestras throughout the world such as the Baltimore Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony,...
Tenor soloist Ryan Turner, now in his fifth year as Artistic Director of Emmanuel Music, brings both talent and heart to his music-making as a conductor, a programmer, and singer.


The Band of the Royal Marines and the Pipes, Drums, and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards will make their return to Worcester in January!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester.

In their distinguishing white helmets, Royal Marines Bands are celebrated for the quality of their music, visual grandeur and precision drill. On the concert platform they enjoy a similar reputation ensuring their continuing popularity with their audiences. The Band's repertoire includes popular classics, Big Band, stimulating contemporary works and entertaining solo features. The Corps of Drums bring movement, colour and the tradition of the ceremonial occasions integral to the Royal Marines. Most members of the Band play at least two instruments and are required to perform in wind band, marching band, big band, orchestral and dance band combinations. They also provide jazz, string and woodwind ensembles, making the Royal Marines musician one of the most versatile and adept in military music.

The Scots Guards were formed in 1642 to act as bodyguard to King Charles I. Today, in addition to their musical role, pipers and drummers are fully operational Infantry Soldiers and carry out the roles of Infantry Assault Engineers & Tactical Intelligence Specialists. On operations or training the tradition continues with each Company having at least one Piper attached to it.