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Three Performances of Mozart's Requiem
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
The group will perform Saturday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. at First Cathedral, 1151 Blue Hills
Ave. in 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 Theater, 61 Atlantic St.
"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," Miller says. "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.
David G. Woods, Dean of the School of Fine Arts, said, "President 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. We hope that all students and faculty at UConn, residents of
Storrs, residents of Stamford and Hartford will come together for these
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