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Concert Season 2014-2015

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Oshkosh Chamber Singers

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem in D Minor, K626
Saturday, April 25, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart Church, Sixth Avenue and Knapp Street, Oshkosh (map & driving directions)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozartís Requiem in D minor will be the featured work at our spring concert, which will be accompanied by an orchestra.

Mozart’s final masterpiece is shrouded in myth and mystery. The commission for the requiem had been delivered by a mysterious messenger in the summer of 1791, but Mozart was tied up writing the opera The Magic Flute. He began work on the Mass in October, but was very ill and had little strength. Several friends came to his apartment on Dec. 4, 1791, to sing through the score-in-progress. But when he died shortly after midnight at the age of 35, the work was unfinished. Only the Introit was complete in both the vocal and orchestral parts. The Kyrie, Sequence and Offertorium were sketched out and only parts of other movements were worked on.

Poster for Spring ConcertA version completed by a Mozart student, Franz Xaver Suessmayr, was delivered to Count Franz von Walsegg, who had anonymously commissioned the piece for the anniversary of his wife’s death. It remains unclear just how much of the work was by each composer. Much of the mystery sprang from the count’s secrecy, as he apparently hoped to pass the work off later as his own. Mozart’s widow, Contanze, also perpetrated tales as she sought to establish the work as entirely Mozart’s own so that she could collect full payment. These multiple levels of deception and myth contributed to a 19th-century play and opera, and the 20th century play and film, Amadeus.

The venue for the concert, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, was built in 1938 during the midst of the depression, funded through parishioner donations and labor. The statuary, carved altars and communion rails were fashioned from fine Italian Carrara marble. In 2002 a major renovation was completed. That effort solidified the changes dictated by ‘60s Vatican II into the character of the original decor by repurposing many of the unneeded marble components into a new altar, ambo and other features. Sacred Heart Church is part of St. Jude the Apostle Parish. Father Matt Simonar is the parish priest.

Major funding for this concert has been provided by a grant from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Saturday December 13, 2014
2 performances: 4:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 311
Division St., Oshkosh (map & driving directions)

Elevate your holiday observance with our joyous musical celebration in the brilliance of the historic Trinity Episcopal Church.

Let the River Run
Saturday, October 25, 2014
7:30 p.m.
First Congregational Church, 137 Algoma Boulevard, Oshkosh (map & driving directions)

We celebrate the river heritage of our region with choral music inspired by rivers of the world, rivers of dreams, rivers of hope, rivers of faith.

Rivers have been an endless and nostalgic source of inspiration for poets, writers, philosophers and composers who have expressed the power, beauty and magic of rivers.

Among the widely varied musical selections to be performed by the Oshkosh Chamber Singers are contemporary favorites such as “Let the River Run,” by Carly Simon; “River of Dreams,” by Billy Joel; “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” by Paul Simon; and “Ol’ Man River,” by Jerome Kern; spirituals such as “At the River,” “Take Me to the Water,” “Peace Like a River,” “Down to the River to Pray” and “Deep River”; moving folk songs such as “Shenendoah,” “O Waly, Waly” and “Flow Gently, Sweet Afton”; and music by Palestrina and Edward Elgar.

All our concert venues are barrier-free and handicapped accessible.

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