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The VERMONT COLLEGIATE CHORAL CONSORTIUM PRESENTS: Mozart's Vesperae Solennes de Confessore

Location: Vermont, USA
Choir type: College and University Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
Vermont Collegiate Choral Consortium to present Mozart Masterwork
Concerts Nov. 22-23 at Castleton State College & Saint Michael’s College

Castleton, VT - Oct 29, 2012 – Three Vermont college choruses are combining forces in November to sing one of the greatest major choral works in the repertory, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s vibrantSolemn Vespers, composed in 1780.
 
Teaming up are the Castleton State College Chamber Singers, directed by Sherrill Blodget; the Johnson State College Chamber Singers, directed by Bethany Plissey; and the Saint Michael’s College Chorale, directed by Nathaniel G. Lew. Soloists Allison Mills, Lindsey Warren, Cameron Steinmetz, and Zebulun McLellan, will join the choirs, along with the professional instrumentalists of Burlington Ensemble.
 
The Vesperae Solennes de Confessore (the work’s full title) is a setting of six texts from the Book of Psalms and the New Testament. Mozart composed the work at the age of 24 for the cathedral choir in his hometown of Salzburg. “In contrast to the richness and depth of Mozart’s well-known Requiem,” explained Blodget, “the Solemn Vespers is a lively and exuberant work. The chorus rushes headlong from melody to melody, while the orchestra dances around them in almost constant motion. Despite its name, the work is anything but solemn.”
 
The Mozart performances will mark the third collaboration among Vermont collegiate choral programs, following exciting performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in 2010 and Gabriel Fauré’sRequiem in 2012. “We are delighted,” said Plissey, “that the consortium has proved so fruitful. Combining the singers and resources of many colleges has allowed us all to undertake repertory that we would be unlikely to attempt on our own. And our students benefit enormously from the opportunity to sing alongside Burlington Ensemble and a quartet of young local professional soloists.”
 
The 70 singers of the combined ensembles will perform the work in two locations:
  • Fri., Nov. 22 at 7:00pm at the Casella Theater of the Fine Arts Center at Castleton State College in Castleton
  • Sat., Nov. 23 at 7:30pm at the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel on the Saint Michael’s College Campus in Colchester
In addition to performing the Mozart, the ensembles will sing several works separately.
 
Admission to the Castleton concert is $5 for adults $3 for students/seniors, and free with CSC student id. Information is at www.castleton.edu/casellatheater or by calling (802) 468-1119.
 
Admission to the Colchester concert is free, but donations will be appreciated. Information is available by calling (802) 654-2284.
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