Orchestra Performance Soloists

Wooster Symphony Orchestra, Wooster Chorus Present “Unfinished Business”

Two masterpieces that were never finished will be presented on April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in McGaw Chapel (340 E. University St.) on the campus of The College of Wooster.

07 April, 2015 by John Finn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Minor will be performed by the Wooster Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jeffrey Lindberg, Wooster professor of music, and the Wooster Chorus, under the direction of Lisa Wong, Wooster professor of music and director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus. Mozart died at age 35 before he could complete the work––famously dramatized in the movie “Amadeus.” The Requiem was completed by Franz Xaver Sussmayr, who submitted the manuscript to the patron who had commissioned the work, and later declared that he had written two of the movements.

Soloists are soprano Kari Sorenson, section leader at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, Ill.; mezzo-soprano Amanda Russo, doctoral candidate in voice performance and literature at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; tenor Andrew LeVan, choral scholar at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington, Ind. and College of Wooster 2010 graduate; and baritone Daniel Singer, assistant director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.

Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony No. 7 will be performed by the Wooster Symphony Orchestra. There is disagreement about why Schubert completed only two movements, rather than the prescribed four movements of the classical symphonic form. Perhaps he was distracted by another piece. Or perhaps he was already feeling the affects of his illness. Schubert completed the symphony’s two movements in 1822 and died of syphilis in 1828.

Tickets are $5 and are available at The Wooster Book Company, Buehler’s (Milltown and Towne Market), the Lowry Center Wilson Bookstore on campus, and at the door of the concert. There is no charge for C.O.W. students, faculty, and staff.