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Mozart's Requiem Offered at Three Locations
(Released: 09/14/01)

By Allison Thompson, Office of University Communications

STORRS, Conn. -- In response to Tuesday's terrorist attacks against the United States, the University of Connecticut's Music Department will perform Mozart's Requiem at locations in Storrs, Bloomfield and Stamford this weekend.

"These performances are an outlet for the emotions of our faculty, students and staff and the general public, and a show of respect for those who lost their lives," says Robert Miller, head of the music department.

Approximately 70 instrumentalists, including the University Orchestra and several members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, are expected to perform. They will be joined by about 150 singers from the University's Festival Chorus and the Department of Music.

The group will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at First Cathedral, 1151 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield. On Sunday, Sept. 16, they will perform at 3 p.m. at Jorgensen Auditorium on the Storrs campus, and at 8 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St.,Stamford.

"President Philip Austin and I commend the faculty and students of the Department of Music for sharing their superb talents with the citizens of the state of Connecticut during this period of sadness and grief," says David G. Woods, dean of the School of Fine Arts. "We hope that all students and faculty at UConn, and residents of Storrs, Stamford and Hartford will come together for these performances."

"In times such as these, it is impossible for the world to find answers in words alone. Most can do nothing but stand by and wait while events unfurl, but we as musicians can do more," says Miller. "With our art, we can articulate the world's grief and empathy for those who have lost so much to hatred and intolerance. We as musicians can and must now use our art for a positive purpose."

Miller chose Mozart's Requiem, which many consider to be Mozart's supreme achievement, specifically for this event. The piece, which was Mozart's final work, is an interpretation of the Catholic Mass for the departed.

"The work manifests a profound awe of the world to come--transcending any creed or religious dogma," says Miller. "It defiantly rages against injustice and points the way to a world full of peace and hope."

All of the weekend's performances are free and open to the public and the media. An offering will be taken, with all money collected going to the American Red Cross and the Firefighters' Fund.

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