Upcoming choir concert to feature Mozart’s famed ‘Coronation Mass’

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November 12, 2018Upcoming choir concert to feature Mozart’s famed ‘Coronation Mass’
by Hannah Erickson
CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Choral Union at SIU is bringing a fresh perspective to a traditional Mozart piece at their upcoming fall concert. The performance features university and community members, along with four professional soloists who will spotlight the rich history of Mozart’s Coronation Mass.
Concert combines traditional with modern
The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 at Shryock Auditorium. Students from Southern Illinois University’s Concert Choir will join the Choral Union for the performance, with the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra accompanying.
With a little over an hour of music, the performance features a unique blend of music – the grand tradition of Mozart’s music alongside contemporary settings of the same text. For Susan Davenport, professor and director of choral activities at SIU, the combo is an excellent mix for music lovers.
Mass settings have been a long-standing pillar for choral music, and this unique performance creates a good balance between the old and the new, Davenport explained.
 “The main event of this particular concert is a very famous Mozart mass,” Davenport said. “Obviously, I love the fact that we are able to expose the community of Southern Illinois to this wonderful music that is hundreds of years old, and do it in a really high level.”
The concert will include a special quartet performance within the Mozart section, featuring four professional soloists; David Dillard, associate professor in voice baritone at SIU, Brittany Benningfield, music lecturer at SIU, Brett Potts, opera singer from Chicago, and Natalie Krupansky, music teacher from Paducah, Kentucky.
The additional selections on the concert feature mass movements from modern composers including the Sanctus from Leonard Bernstein’s Mass (1971) and Karl Jenkins Agnus Dei from his The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.
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