Bates Choir to perform Mozart’s final choral masterpiece

John Corrie conducts the Bates College Choir.

John Corrie conducts the Bates College Choir. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Directed by John Corrie, the Bates College Choir performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Requiem” at 8 p.m. Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21, in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. For more information, please contact 207-786-6135 or olinarts@bates.edu.

Mozart was working his “Requiem” on his deathbed in 1791, leaving it for protégés to complete. A masterpiece of the choral repertoire, the work is “an unlikely but unforgettable alloy of ecclesiastical grandeur, Baroque fugue and the subtlest mood painting,” wrote a Portland Phoenix reviewer in 2001.

“Known for operatic music that can convey scene or character with a handful of notes, Mozart used that skill here to portray a believer facing death: feeling dread at the end of this life, anxiety at the prospect of judgment, abject yearning for forgiveness.”

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