Peninsula musicians sought for spring Mozart concerts

Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2001

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, the musical branch of Pier One Theatre, will collaborate with the Homer High School to produce a concert of Mozart's Requiem Mass, directed by Mark Robinson, the first weekend in April 2002.

Musicians from all over the peninsula are encouraged to participate. Orchestra rehearsals will begin in January, but interested players can contact Laura Norton at (907) 299-2453 to get music earlier.

The main body of the chorus will be the Homer High School Concert Choir. It will be joined by adult singers from various communities on the peninsula.

There will be a read-through rehearsal for all community choir participants Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Homer High School choir room. Anyone interested in getting a preview of singing this piece should plan to attend.

Soldotna area singers will begin rehearsing Oct. 18.

Weekly rehearsals will be held in conjunction with Kenai Peninsula College Choir and continue through the fall semester. Rehearsals will begin at 7 p.m. and the group will meet at KPC in room 124. For more information, contact Maria Allison at 283-3024 or Jean Brockel at 262-4084, who will coordinate the choir in the Soldotna area. Singers from the northern peninsula will travel to Homer to rehearse with the chorus starting in January.

Homer area singers will begin rehearsals Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in the high school choir room with Mark Robinson. There will be a $15 participation fee for each adult singer (this will include the purchase of a score). Scores should be available by Oct. 18. In the Homer area, contact Laura Norton for more information.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra and soloists from Anchorage will join the choir for the performances on April 6 in Homer and April 7 in Kenai. Mozart's Requiem Mass is one of the masterworks of modern civilization and takes approximately an hour to perform. Singers and players will find the music challenging and exciting.

Members of the Homer High School choir and any interested adults have the opportunity to participate in a Mozart choral festival in New York City at Carnegie Hall the second week of April. The choir will be accompanied by a professional orchestra and conducted by a professional conductor. The performance will be held at Carnegie Hall April 11.

If area singers are interested in being involved in the festival, registration and an advance deposit of $100 is due by Oct. 1. For more information, contact Laura Norton.

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