All Mozart program on Monday
Conductor Bernard Labadie and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) return to the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) on Monday at 6:30 p.m. The evening’s all-Mozart program includes three masterpieces by the renowned composer: “Overture to The Magic Flute”; “Oboe Concerto” with Principal Oboe Peter Cooper; and “Requiem” featuring the CSO Chorus. As the Rocky Mountain region’s only full-time professional orchestra, the CSO embraces a tradition of musical excellence by presenting a wide variety of symphonic performances and music education programs for the young and the young at heart. The CSO has gained recognition as one of the finest performing orchestras in the country. One hundred vocalists from the Colorado Symphony Chorus will join the orchestra on the Vilar Center stage, in the second half of the program, to perform Mozart’s “Requiem.” Founded in 1984 by Duain Wolfe, the Colorado Symphony Chorus has grown into a nationally-respected ensemble and performs with the CSO for more than 25 performances this year. Monday’s performance of “Requiem,” will mark the first time in Vilar Center history that an orchestra and chorus have appeared together on its stage. Mozart’s “Requiem” is often described as the most heart-wrenching piece of music in the world. The piece begins with a haunting melody, followed by a dramatic crescendo of minor chords with the chorus singing in Latin. Mozart began creating the Requiem in July 1791 but did not finish it before his death in December. Mozart became obsessed with the “Requiem,” referring to it as his “swan-song,” convinced that he was writing the music for his own funeral. In his words, “I am on the point of death; I have finished before I could enjoy my talent … I thus must finish my funeral song, which I must not leave incomplete.” There have been many stories and myths surrounding the commissioning of this work.Tickets for Colorado Symphony Orchestra & Chorus are $75/$90, based on seating and are available online at vilarpac.org, by phone at 888-920-ARTS(2787) or in person at the Vilar Center box office in Beaver Creek.