Oak Park residents have an opportunity to hear Mozart

April 6, 2013 by  

One of Mozart’s most popular compositions, his Requiem, will be performed in River Forest later this month.

The piece will be presented by the Heritage Chorale and featured soloists Christine Steyer, Karen Brunssen, Hoss Brock, and Charles Brown. The Concordia University Chamber Orchestra is also featured.

Many composers, including Verdi and Berlioz, have composed requiem masses, but Mozart’s may be the best known of all. He composed it in 1791, the year he died, and it continues to inspire and move listeners to this day. Among the highlights in the work are the powerful Dies Irae, (“Day of Wrath”) and the lyrical Kyrie, a prayer for mercy. Also on the program are three motets by Bruckner, the Litanies a la Vierge Noire (Litanies to the Black Virgin) by Poulenc, and a world premiere by composer Howard Whitaker, who is presenting his vision of Psalm 136.

There are two concerts that feature the same program and performers. The first is slated for April 13, 2013, a Saturday. It starts at 7.30 p.m. and will be given at Grace Lutheran Church, located at 7300 Division Street in River Forest. The second performance will take place the following day, Sunday, April 14, 2013, at 3 p.m. This time, the location is St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, located at 1730 Jackson Avenue in River Forest. River Forest is less than three miles from Oak Park.

Concert organizers may want to work with brochure printers to devise programs that list the works to be performed, as well as giving brief biographies of the Heritage Chorale, the orchestra and the soloists. They might also include driving directions.