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Indiana State’s Masterworks Chorale to perform April 26

April 16, 2015

The Indiana State University School of Music Student Ensemble Series will present the Masterworks Chorale in concert 4 p.m. April 26 in Tilson Auditorium.

The 55-member Masterworks Chorale will perform "Regina Coeli" ("K.108") by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and "Requiem" by John Rutter, both works composed for soprano soloist, choir and chamber orchestra.

The latter will consist of varying combinations of strings, winds, percussion and keyboard, and the program will be conducted by Mark Carlisle, associate professor in the School of Music.

Featured soprano soloist for both works will be Indiana State alumna and former President's Scholar Anna Buck, who is a graduate student at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

"Regina Coeli" ("Queen of Heaven") is an ancient Latin Marian Hymn of the Catholic Church. It is one of the four seasonal Marian antiphons of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is sung or recited in place of the Angelus during the Easter season. Musical settings include one each by Jean-Baptiste Lully and Johannes Brahms, as well as three by the young Mozart. The setting for this program, "K.108," is Mozart's first and is a four-movement concertante work that reflects the brilliance of Italian symphonic writing and the virtuosity of Italian opera.

"Requiem" by John Rutter is a musical setting of parts of the Latin Requiem, with added psalms in English and completed in 1985. The work is divided into seven movements, the first of which includes the Introit from the "Requiem" ("Requiem aeternam") and the "Kyrie." The second movement, entitled "Out of the deep," is based on Psalm 130, commonly used during Anglican funerals. Movement three, the motet "Pie Jesu," is essentially a soprano solo with light orchestral and choral accompaniment. The fourth movement, "Sanctus" (with Benedictus), is characteristically bright, lively and exclamatory. Movement five is the "Agnus dei" of the "Requiem" and the sixth movement is Psalm 23, "The Lord is my shepherd," a setting originally composed in 1976 as a separate anthem. The last movement of the work, "Lux aeterna," includes words from the 1662 "Book of Common Prayer" Burial Service (slightly altered) and the communion chant from "Requiem." English translations to the Latin, at times, were provided by John Rutter.

This performance is dedicated to the memory of those who died over the past year and were well known, beloved and especially significant to members of the choir and the community. Their names will be listed in the program.

The event is open to the public. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for non-Indiana State students and free for Indiana State students with a student I.D. and children under the age of 10. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the School of Music at 812-237-2771.

Tilson Auditorium is located in Tirey Hall on the Indiana State campus.

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Contact: Mark Carlisle, School of Music, Indiana State University, 812-237-2761 or Mark.Carlisle@indstate.edu.

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The Indiana State University School of Music Student Ensemble Series will present the Masterworks Chorale in concert 4 p.m. April 26 in Tilson Auditorium.

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