As they celebrate their 10th anniversary season with style, the Island Chamber Singers will perform Mozart’s Requiem accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra on November 22 and 24 at the Amelia Plantation Chapel.
The concert is one of a pair being performed this season in which the singers are “looking back” in November by re-performing one of its most well-received works with a bigger orchestra and “looking forward” in March by performing something entirely new, Dave Brubeck’s Mass, To Hope, a Celebration and Songs and Sonnets by George Shearing. The orchestra for the Requiem will incorporate woodwinds as well as a string quartet, trumpet, timpani and piano.
The Requiem in D minor was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1791 in Vienna. Mozart died on December 5 that year with the work unfinished. Franz Xaver Sussmayr, a student of Mozart, completed the requiem. In the movie Amadeus, the audience is led to believe that Mozart thought that the piece had been anonymously commissioned for his own funeral. It actually had been commissioned by Count Franz von Walsegg as a tribute to the Count’s wife on the anniversary of her death.
In addition to the Requiem, the November concert will feature six of Mozart’s vocal nocturnes that were written as entertainment music for parties in the 18th century.
The Fall concerts will take place at Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road, Fernandina Beach, on Friday, November 22, at 7 pm and Sunday, November 24, at 3 pm. An opening night reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall immediately following Friday evening’s performance.
Tickets are $15 for adults when purchased in advance of concert day. They can be purchased online at islandchambersingers.com, from a member of Island Chamber Singers, at the Amelia Island Welcome Center, 102 Centre Street, (800) 226-3542, and AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G (at A1A and Amelia Island Parkway), (904) 261-3248. Tickets my also be purchased at the door for $20. Tickets are always FREE for K-12 students.