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Viva la Musica performs Mozart and More

Location: California, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
Viva la Musica, the 85-member San Francisco Bay Area choir and orchestra, features Mozart’s Requiem in farewell performances, Mozart and More, March 5 in Redwood City and March 6 in Palo Alto, prior to the group’s departure for Europe to perform the same program in Prague and Dresden.
 
The concerts open with a charming orchestral Sinfonia, once thought to have been written by Mozart and now attributed to his contemporary, Abel. Misa del Pueblo, a mostly effervescent shortHispanic massin folk style for choir and orchestra, written especially for Vivaby René Carlos Ochoa, is easily accessible. Henry Purcell’s Funeral March for Queen Mary makes for a movingly austere brass processional and the sublime Mozart aria, Per Pietà non ricercate, for tenor solo and orchestra, segues into the culminating Mozart Requiem, unequaled in its range of feelings, from apocalypse to pathos.
 
Shulamit Hoffmann is Viva la Musica’s artistic director and conductorand featured soloists for these performances are soprano Deirdre Lobo-D’Cunha, mezzo-soprano Wendy Morgan Hunter, tenor Brian Thorsett, and bass-baritone Jordan Eldredge. Mostly jazz trombonist Freddie Mendoza flies in from Texas to join the group as soloist in the Requiem’s Tuba Mirum.
 
Saturday, March 5th,7:30 PM
St Peter’s Church, 178 Clinton St, (at Brewster just off Broadway), Redwood City, CA 94062.
 
Sunday, March 6th4:00 PM
St Mark’s Church, 600 Colorado Ave, (between Middlefield and Cowper), Palo Alto, CA 94306.
 
$25/Preferred,  $22/General, $20/Senior,  $15/Seniors/Students/Groups.
 
Pre-concert informational talks take place one half hour before each performance.
 
Book tickets and get driving directions online at www.vivalamusica.orgor mail check to: Viva la Musica, P.O. Box 4041, Foster City, CA 94404. Ticket orders received up to one week prior to concerts will be mailed to patrons. Late ticket orders will be held at will call.  Call 650-281-9663 for more information.
 
 
For the European concerts, Viva la Musica will partner with the Prague Sinfonietta and Vox Pragae, and with the Concentus Vocalis St Lukas.
In Prague: Church of St Simon and Juda,  Saturday, March 12, 7:30 pm. Free admission
In Dresden: Lukaskirche, Tuesday, March 15, 7:30 pm. Free admission.
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