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Conductor and Music Director William Payn speaks out about the SVC Spring Concert on the recent SVC radio ad.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2012 Spring Concert:
Mozart's Requiem

Saturday, March 24 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 25| 3:00 pm

Pre-concert talk with Gary Boerckel
45 minutes prior to each performance

Zion Lutheran Church | 5th and Market, Sunbury

SVC Orchestra and…
FOUR Special Guest Soloists:
Kristen Dubenion-Smith, Caroline Worra,
James Barbato, and Timothy LeFebvre

Sponsor: Walnut Acres Foundation
Orchestra Sponsor: Audrey Magee
Underwriters: Jean & Bob Hormell

Austrian-born Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is widely recognized as one of the greatest composers of all time. His enormous output includes works at the pinnacles of symphonic, chamber, piano, operatic and choral music.

A Requiem can be defined as a liturgical mass for the dead. In Mozart’s case, his unfinished Requiem marked his own untimely passing (he claimed he was poisoned) at the age of 35. The circumstances surrounding this masterpiece are noted for myths and and controversy. Mozart was anonymously commissioned to compose the work for Count Franz von Walsegg, a music enthusiast who sometimes claimed other composers’ works as his own.

At least two other composers completed the piece after Mozart’s death. The exact number and whether Mozart left them completion instructions remain in dispute today. Mozart’s wife Constance chose to keep the fact the work was unfinished secret so she would receive the full commission, plus revenues for performances.

SVC Conductor William Payn says the Requiem is “a very popular, well-crafted work and I’m thrilled to have four world-class guest soloists performing. The audience is sure to enjoy a tremendous performance!”


Meet the Soloists

Caroline Worra

Internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated soprano played over 50 operatic roles, working with 20 opera companies, and performed at Carnegie Hall!

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Praised for her voice
of “sweet clarity,” this mezzo-soprano enjoys an active career, specializing in medieval, renaissance and baroque eras.

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James Barbato

You may know this tenor …a former member of our very own Youth Chorale! James is an accomplished operatic concert soloist and avid chamber musician.

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Timothy LeFebvre

Nationally acclaimed baritone has wide-ranging experience from the operatic stage to the concert hall…and share’s his talent as a professor of singing.

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