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Mozart's Requiem March 19th & 20th
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Mozart Requiem Strip HeaderA Note from the Artistic Director

 
For 27 years now, my answer to the question "What's your favorite movie?" hasn't changed: Since I first saw Amadeus when I was 9 and it was brand new, it's held steady in my top spot, and I'd be lying if I said that my love for Mozart's Requiem didn't stem at least in part from the film. Tasked with providing some prefatory notes for our March 19 and 20 performances of this monumental work, I decided to write a list of reasons that OCWC fans should come to a performance, and I initially considered writing one reason for each time I'd seen the movie . . . until I realized that I'd seen it approximately 22 times.

 

Mind you, it's not that it would be difficult to come up with 22 reasons. I just didn't think anyone would read them all. So here's a half-dozen to get us started-and we'll let you finish the list on your own:

  • The Mozart Requiem isn't just one of the most musically compelling works in the repertoire; it's also one of the most intriguing. If you're not familiar with the story of the mysterious visitor who commissioned the work and the ghostly premonitions that haunted Mozart as he wrote it, click here to read about it!
  • For the first time since 2008, we'll be welcoming some of our favorite tenors and basses to join us for the fun! If you've enjoyed our previous co-ed collaborations, you'll be sure to enjoy this one.
  • Our solo quartet is a vocal all-star team. You can read about them below, and you can come to hear the soaring, searing melodies of the Requiem sung by some of the finest professionals in our area.
  • Everybody loves an orchestra, and ours will be top-notch-with Janelle Tag, our terrific accompanist, on the organ as well!
  • Besides Mozart, you'll also hear works by three other composers who were plucked from the earthly coil too young: Felix Mendelssohn's powerfully beautiful "Veni, Domine" and "Laudate Pueri," Franz Schubert's graceful "Psalm 23," and Lili Boulanger's eerie "Pie Jesu."
  • One of my very favorite musical scholars, Kristi Brown-Montesano, will offer a pre-concert introduction to the Requiem. Kristi isn't just an expert on Mozart who wowed the critics with her 2007 book, Understanding the Women of Mozart's Operas; she's also one of the funniest and most engaging speakers you'll ever find at a concert. (And she's a first-rate soprano, too, who might just sneak into the chorus when she's finished talking!)

That's a good beginning, but we know that Mozart, like all great music, speaks to each of us in different ways and calls to us for different reasons. Whether you have a rich personal history with this work or you're experiencing it for the first time, we can't wait to share it with you. See you in March!


Saturday, March 19, 2011 7:00 p.m.

St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church,

18631 Chapel Lane, Huntington Beach -

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Sunday, March 20, 2011 3:00 p.m.

Newport Harbor Lutheran Church,

798 Dover Drive, Newport Beach -

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Adults: $25; Students and seniors: $20

In Memoriam Donations

 

We are dedicating our performance of Mozart's Requiem to friends and family that have passed on or suffered tragedies. If you would like to make a donation in memory of a loved one, click the JustGive icon to the left and designate your gift in their memory for the Requiem. They will be honored in a special section of the program and at the concerts.

 

Meet the Soloists

  

Our solo quartet is a vocal all-star team. Read about them below, and come to hear the soaring, searing melodies of the Requiem

sung by some of the finest professionals in our area.

  

Harriet FraserHarriet Fraser's passion for music began in childhood and continued as she began to perform as a soloist while working as a family doctor in central London. A few years ago, she set medicine aside, turned to singing full-time, and quickly became prominent in her native England, gaining a wide following for her concert and recital performances, with premieres and recitals at venues including London's South Bank Centre, the Cheltenham International Festival for Contemporary Music, St. Martin-in-the-Field, and St John's Smith Square. She performed all of the major oratorio works around Britain and was seen in several UK opera companies, including the Aldeburgh Festival, and in Europe, at Austria's Bregenz Festival. Now based in Los Angeles, Harriet performed as a principal in Wagner's Die Feen with Lyric Opera Los Angeles in 2010, as part of the LA Ring Festival. She performs regularly with the Los Angeles Master Chorale as chorister and soloist, and in December 2010 performed the solos in Handel's Messiah at the Walt Disney Concert Hall under conductor Grant Gershon.

Adriana ManfrediAdriana Manfredi, a member of the LA Master Chorale, has recently sung solos at Walt Disney Hall in Haydn's Harmoniemesse, Bach's St. Matthew Passion, and the world premiere of Louis Andriessen's The City of Dis, and in Tehillim by Steve Reich at the Skirball Cultural Center. She was honored to sing the mezzo-soprano solo in the west-coast premiere of David Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion in January 2011, which Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed deemed "a stunner." She teaches in the Classical Voice Conservatory of the Orange County High School of the Arts.

Alvin BrightbillAlvin Brightbillholds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Chapman University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Voice and Conducting from California Institute of the Arts. As a professional tenor soloist, he has sung extensively throughout the western United States in appearances with major festivals, opera companies, choruses, and orchestras. He has appeared as soloist with Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner, Helmuth Rilling, Sir David Willcocks and recently appeared with jazz legend Dave Brubeck and his quartet. Mr. Brightbill has recorded as a soloist with the Roger Wagner Chorale on a recording of sacred Latin American choral music and was also the voice of Carmine in an operatic spoof on an episode of "Laverne and Shirley" and provided the operatic voice for Rodney Dangerfield in his last film "The 4th Tenor." The Los Angeles Times has written that "He sang with clarion sounds and thrilling exigency". He served as Chairman of the Music Department and Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Saddleback College for 30 years until his retirement in May of 2005. He continues to teach as an adjunct Professor of Voice at California State University, Fullerton and Concordia University.

David StonemanPraised for his rich, full singing and subtlety of stagecraft, David Stoneman is known for his work in both classic and modern opera. The California native has sung with opera companies from Santa Barbara to Boston in repertoire ranging from Henry Purcell to Philip Glass. After studying at Orange Coast College, Chapman, and USC, he moved to Boston after spending a summer as a student at Tanglewood; before moving back home to California, he spent a number of years in New York City, where he worked with John Basil of the American Globe Theater. David has had long-standing relationships with opera companies in Boston, New York, Reno, Mobile, Norfolk, and Sarasota. Favorite roles include the Count from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro and Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca. Though opera has been the main focus of his singing career, he performs Broadway roles as well. Recently released recordings featuring David include The Juniper Tree by Philip Glass and 2116, a new musical by science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. Upcoming events include the baritone solo in the Dona Nobis Pacem of Ralph Vaughan Williams with Eliza Rubenstein and the Long Beach Chorale & Chamber Orchestra. David is also a member of the Piano Technicians Guild. 

Volunteers Needed! 

The success of our concerts depends upon having volunteers to support all the important logistical details and behind-the-scenes work so that our singers may concentrate on bringing you extraordinary music. If you would like to join our volunteer auxiliary to help at the Mozart Requiem concerts, contact our Board member responsible for volunteer coordination, Janet Brattonor visit the Volunteer page of our website.

Guide the OCWC to our 15th Season:

Join the Board!

 

We are seeking members of the community to join the OCWC Board. No prior board service experience is necessary, but a passion for the OCWC is required, and a desire to lead us through our 15th season and beyond! If you or someone you know would like to learn more about board service, please let us know.  Open terms vary from one to three years. For more information, contact Mary Langsdorf or any currently serving boardmember.


Wine, Women, and Song!


Mark your calendars now:  Wine, Women and Song! will take place on Saturday, April 30 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Orange! Come join the OCWC for a fun-raising, fund-raising and friend-raising event. Watch your email for an event invitation in the coming weeks!
The Orange County Women's Chorus
Eliza Rubenstein, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
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