The Alabama Symphony Orchestra is bringing to life the mystery, suspense and drama of Mozart’s Requiem on March 6 and 7. You don’t want to miss this one—get 15% off your tickets today with code MOZARTNOW.
Mozart’s Requiem: the Extraordinary Backstory
Mozart’s Requiem has a backstory straight out of Hollywood. In fact, Hollywood did take on the story in the 1984 Academy Award-winning film Amadeus.
Mozart was commissioned by an anonymous benefactor for the Requiem. But the famous composer soon came to believe that he was actually composing a piece for his own funeral—and his untimely death followed shortly after.
Mozart labored over the piece in his final days but died at age 35 before completing it. Since then—for more than 200 years—it has been a source of mystery and questioning. Who had a role in finishing the piece? What parts of it are Mozart’s work? How would Mozart himself have completed it?
Of course, the answer to that last question is something we will never know.
We may not have all the answers about Mozart’s Requiem, but at least we can enjoy its iconic and timeless movements today. The piece’s hauntingly beautiful sounds become even more so when you consider them in the context of Mozart’s final days and his premonition that the piece was his swansong. (Cue the chills).
“I am always amazed that we still get to hear this music today and admire its beauty three centuries later. So many ears have heard it, so many voices have sung it, so many nuances, so many interpretations. From century to century it has left people spellbound with its musical power, as well as lots of questions and rumors as to its commission and completion.”Magdalena Wor, mezzo-soprano
The ASO will welcome soloists Tracy Cantin (soprano), Magdalena Wor (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Glenn (tenor), John Taylor Ward (bass-baritone), who will perform alongside the ASO Chorus and under the direction of conductor Carols Izcaray.
What can the audience expect?
In a few words—expect to be enchanted.
“There are many parts that leave everyone (including the soloists) breathless, the most famous of which is ‘Lacrimosa’—the last part of Section II. Many will recognize the melody… but nothing compares to having heard it in a symphony hall, surrounded by the heartfelt tones of a timeless masterpiece, with a choir many voices strong, and an orchestra whose playing cannot leave anyone in doubt that they are listening to Mozart.”Magdalena Wor, mezzo-soprano
In addition to Mozart’s Requiem, the ASO will also be performing Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony, a piece that inspires joy through its idyllic woodwind melodies.
When & Where
When: Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7 at 7PM
Where: UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. 1200 10th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35294.
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“Even though this is a ‘Mass for the Dead,’ it is a composition that should be heard by everyone, no matter your faith. You will find yourself spellbound by the beauty of the music and uplifted by its nuances. It is a timeless masterpiece that will leave an impact on all those who hear it.”Magdalena Wor, mezzo-soprano
This is sure to be an amazing performance. What are you waiting for? Get your tickets today!