Requiem Performances Raise $30,500
By Allison Thompson, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- Nearly 5,000 people contributed $30,500 for
disaster relief funds at the University of Connecticut's Music
Department's performances of
Mozart's Requiem last weekend. The money will be given
to the American Red Cross and the New York City Firefighters Fund.
"The response to our performances has been remakable," says
Robert Miller, professor and head of the music department. "We
prepared these performances as a
way of working through our own confusion and grief, but the music
also seems to have provided solace and comfort to thousands. That
so much money was
collected is a testament to the power of music to move people."
Miller chose Mozart's Requiem, which many consider
to be Mozart's supreme achievement, specifically for the event. The
piece, which was Mozart's final work,
is an interpretation of the Catholic Mass for the departed.
About 70 instrumentalists, including the University Orchestra and
several members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra performed with
150 singers from the
University's Festival Chorus and the Department of Music. They were
joined by members of the Hartford Chorale.
The performances at locations in Storrs, Bloomfield and Stamford
was in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United
States. The funds were
raised by a free will offering following the three separate,
non-denominational memorial performances.
On Saturday, Sept. 15, more than 1,400 people attended the
performance at the First Cathedral in Bloomfield and donated nearly
$7,700. On Sunday afternoon,
more than 2,200 people attended a performance at Jorgensen
Auditorium on UConn's Storrs campus. More than $11,500 was
raised at that performance. The
final performance, held Sunday evening at the Palace Theatre in
Stamford, attracted more than 1,000 people and raised more than
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