Dudley Birder Chorale of St. Norbert College to present 32nd All Saints Day concert

November 1

From St. Norbert College, October 3, 2005
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

DE PERE:The Dudley Birder Chorale will present the 32nd Annual All Saints Day Concert Tuesday, November 1 at 7:30 pm in the St. Norbert College Walter Theater. This concert is performed each year to commemorate deceased members of the greater St. Norbert College and Green Bay Community.

The featured work on the program will be W. A. Mozart's choral masterwork, Requiem in D. In recognition of the 250th year of the composer's birth, two shorter Mozart compositions, Ave Verum Corpus and Gloria from the 12th Mass, will also be performed. Other works by John Rutter and Gabriel Faure will complete the concert.

The Requiem in D is considered to be the greatest choral work of the Classical Period. It is Mozart's most famous choral composition and was composed during the final months of his life. According to conductor Dudley Birder, "The work is unique in that the orchestration eliminates the usual symphonic flutes and oboes, replacing them with two clarinets thereby creating a more dramatic and ethereal mood." It also combines large choral sections with movements for solo quartet creating a massive structure.

Appearing in the solo roles are St. Norbert College professors Lynn Griebling, soprano and Michael Rosewall, baritone as well as Linda Feldmann, Appleton mezzo-soprano and David Gagnon, tenor of New York City.

The All Saints Day Concert will mark the first concert of the Dudley Birder Chorale season. Later the Chorale will join with the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra December 9-10 for the Annual Holiday Pops at the Weidner Center. Also at the Weidner Center on April 9, Palm Sunday afternoon, it will present a special performance of Theodore DuBois' The Seven Last Words of Christ. The Chorale will return to the Walter Theater April 28 and 29 for America Sings, performing Patriotic, Gospel and hits from Broadway Musicals.

Tickets are now available at the St. Norbert College Ticket Office at 920-403-3950. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.