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Requiem Performances Raise $30,500
(Released: 09/21/01)

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 $11,300.

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