Oct 142010
Authors: Anna Baldwin

The “All-Mozart Concert,” presented by the CSU Sinfonia Orchestra, Chamber Choir and Concert Choir will take the stage tonight night at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. as part of the Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities.

Special guest pianist Hou Runyu, director of orchestras at East China Normal University in Shanghai, joins the CSU Sinfonia Orchestra, conducted by Wes Kenney, for Mozart’s “Piano Concerto, No. 17 in G Major.”

The night will feature three pieces, with the first Mozart composure titled “Overture” in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts.

“It carries thematic qualities that are dark and mysterious, then in the fast section, in D major, it is lighthearted,” Kenney said about the first piece.

Runyu’s appearance in the concerto continues to foster the academic partnership CSU launched earlier in 2010 with East China Normal University. The affiliation allows students and faculty from both universities to study abroad, conduct research and perform in new environments.

“The piano concerto is absolutely delightful, an upbeat work, a beautiful song with variations with an incredible amount of excitement,” Kenney said.

He added that the orchestra, Chamber Choir and Concert Choir, conducted by James Kim, come together for a striking and memorable performance of Mozart’s hauntingly beautiful “Requiem Mass in D minor.”

Mozart was unable to finish the “Requiem” before his death, so his students and other musicians finished the ending in multiple versions with the aid of research and speculation, Kenney said. The ending performed tonight is one of the most recently composed versions, making it very unique.

Soloists for the requiem are:
-Tiffany Blake, soprano;
-Lee Ann Sherlong, mezzo-soprano;
-Todd Queen, tenor, and
-Gregory Brookes, bass-baritone.

“This program contains pieces that each give a different side of Mozart’s personality,” Kenney said. “And rarely are there two bars that are identical with Mozart. It really appeals to everyone.”
Dr. Joel Bacon will give a pre-concert lecture one hour before each performance, and a reception follows Friday’s performance. These additional activities are included with the purchase of a concert ticket.

To RSVP for the reception contact Marilyn.Bistline@colostate.edu or call 970-491-4030.

Tickets are $12 for the public, $7 for CSU students and $1 for ages 2 to 17. Tickets are available at the UCA Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at 970-491-2787, or online at http://www.csuartstickets.com/.

Staff writer Anna Baldwin can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com.

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