Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - March 5, 2010

Feel the power of Mozart's 'Requiem'

Valley Concert Chorale to perform at Bankhead Theater March 7

"This is music that will move your soul and excite your spirit," said John Emory Bush.

Bush is the artistic director of the Valley Concert Chorale and the San Francisco Concert Chorale, who along with the Las Positas College Chamber Choir will perform Mozart's "Requiem" at 3 p.m. March 7 at the Bankhead Theater, located at 2400 First St. in Livermore.

Accompanied by a full orchestra and professional soloists, "Requiem" is perhaps the most performed choral work throughout the world. Not all performances of the Requiem, however, are the same, that is, not even the same musical score.

"Mozart never finished the Requiem before his death," Bush said. "The version known to the general public was completed by Mozart's assistant Franz Süssmayr. Many musicians have attempted to complete the Requiem as Mozart would have intended, removing deficiencies introduced by Süssmayr. We will perform the most recent completion by Robert Levin, a highly recognized Mozart scholar and theorist, and professor of Humanities at Harvard University."

Tickets are $27, $30 and $33 and $12 for students. Purchase them through the Bankhead Theater by calling 373-6800 or visiting www.bankheadtheater.org.

To learn more about VCC, visit www.valleyconcertchorale.org or call 866-4003.

-- Emily West

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