Trinity & St. Cecilia Cathedral Choirs to Perform Mozart Requiem
Omaha cathedrals to perform classical music masterpiece
Mozart’s Requiem Mass is a compelling mixture of beauty, anguish, majesty and drama
Omaha’s two cathedral choirs are coming together for a concert performance of a classical music masterpiece at St. Cecilia Cathedral.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Choir and St. Cecilia Cathedral Choir and Orchestra will present Mozart’s Requiem Mass, November 2, the Sunday Episcopal churches will celebrate All Saints’ Day, transferring it from its calendar date of November 1.
The two cathedral choirs have collaborated on other performances, said Dr. Marie Rubis Bauer, Director of Music for St. Cecilia Cathedral, but nothing to the musical scale of Mozart’s Requiem.
“Trinity Episcopal Cathedral welcomes this latest opportunity to collaborate with St. Cecilia Cathedral. Through our annual Cathedral Lecture Series and sponsorship of concerts of sacred music, we seek to share in outreach through the arts to the Omaha community,” said Dr. Marty Wheeler Burnett, Director of Music for Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.”
“Requiem is an opportunity to share, as a community, a work of sacred art that is both familiar and monumental in a prayerful and personal way,” Dr. Rubis Bauer said. “It connects Catholics directly with the universal prayer for all of the faithful departed, while reaching out into the Christian community of Omaha to experience this universal sacred work with our brothers and sisters in Christ at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.”
A compelling mixture of beauty, anguish, majesty and drama, Requiem is the crowning conclusion of Mozart’s celebrated life. It is one of classical music’s most intriguing stories.
Five months before Mozart’s death, he received a commission by an anonymous stranger to write a Requiem Mass. The mystery man intended to pass it off as his own composition. Delirious with fever and convinced he was writing his own funeral music, Mozart died penniless before his Requiem was complete. To pay for his funeral, his widow had one of his students complete the work.
The Cathedral Arts Project is sponsoring the free concert. St. Cecilia Cathedral is hosting the event.
The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday November 2nd at St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N 40th St., Omaha.