Cairo Choral Society to perform Mozart’s Requiem

Ati Metwaly , Sunday 1 May 2022

The Cairo Choral Society and the Cairo Festival Orchestra will perform Mozart’s Requiem on two consecutive evenings later this month

Cairo Choral

 

One of the best-known compositions of all times, Mozart’s Requiem in D minor will be performed on two consecutive evenings, 12 and 13 May, at the Tahrir Cultural Centre and the German Protestant Church respectively.

With the concerts dubbed "Mozart the Child – Mozart the Man," the evenings will also include his two symphonies: no. 1 in Eb major and no. 25 in G minor.

This selection of works will allow listeners to enjoy a musical journey through the different stages of the composer’s life. 

Mozart wrote his first symphony in 1764 when he was just eight-years-old, and he composed his Symphony no. 25 at the age of 17 in 1773. The latter work is filled with contrasting emotions and is well known to listeners’ ears. It was popularised by the film Amadeus (1984) in which it serves as an opening music.

The requiem mass in D minor was composed by Mozart shortly before his death in 1791, with its segments completed by the Austrian composer and conductor Franz Xaver Süssmayr. It is believed that while commissioned by an unknown patron, Mozart said on the day of his death: “Did I never tell you that I was composing this Requiem for myself?”

Mozart’s Requiem is one of the best-known classical music compositions ever written. Largely operatic by nature, it is soaked in impassioned feeling, harmonic refinement and a lot of musical bravery for Mozart’s times. 

The performance of Requiem will feature soloists Dina Iskander (soprano), Jolie Faizy (mezzo soprano), Hisham El-Guindy (tenor), Reda El-Wakil (bass baritone). 

The Cairo Festival Orchestra will be conducted by Veronica del Puerto Bievz.

The Cairo Choral Society was established in 1983 by late musician and music educator Larry P. Catlin, and operates under the umbrella of the American University in Cairo (AUC) and its Performing and Visual Arts Department. 

The choir's repertoire includes Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Faure's Requiem, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Mozart's Coronation Mass, Schubert's Stabat Mater, Dvorak's Mass in D, as well as works by Kodaly, Britten, Williams, Beethoven, Rossini, Handel and Puccini among others.

The choir regularly performs well known classical works across numerous venues – such as the All Saint's Cathedral and the American University – in Cairo and particularily around the Easter and Christmas weeks, 

Programme:
Thursday 12 May, 8pm
Tahrir Cultural Centre, AUC Downtown Cairo

Friday 13 May, 8pm
German Protestant Church, El-Galaa St, Boulaq Num.2, Bulaq, Cairo

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