Vocalists sought for Mozart's 'Requiem'

Vocalists from the Miles City area are being sought to perform “Requiem in D Minor” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

“I’d like to get between 40 and 60 voices to perform this work,” said Terry Annalora, who will be conducting both the choral and orchestral parts.

According to Annalora, “Requiem” is a funeral mass composed by Mozart in Vienna for a friend in 1791. However, the composer died on Dec. 5, 1791, before the work was finished. The completion of “Requiem” has been attributed to Franz Xaver Süssmayr in 1792.

The local performance will feature the Miles City Community Orchestra with musicians from Montana and Wyoming, and the Miles City Community Choir with soprano, alto, tenor and bass solos. He added he will be working with Mike Gillian, director of the Custer County District High School Band Department.

“This work is done more often as a concert piece because of its glorious music,” said Annalora. “We have some really outstanding voices in Miles City and I’m trying to find those voices to participate in this presentation.”

Annalora, an adjunct instructor at Miles Community College, was the director of the Custer County District High School Choral Department for many years and is still an active member of Miles City’s music scene

He said plans are to have the free public performance of “Requium” on Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m. in the CCDHS auditorium.

Annalora added that rehearsals for the concert will begin on Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. in the CCDHS Band Room.

“There will be no auditions,” said Annalora. “Just come to the rehearsals. We plan to put this performance together in six to eight weeks.”

High school students and adults who wish to perform  are welcome to attend the rehearsals. “They all are welcome to join the group,” he said. “There is a bunch of talent in Miles City.”

Annalora explained that each vocalist will have to order his or her own copy of “Requiem ” online at www.lucksmusic.com. The catalog number to be ordered is 0725VS and copies cost $5.95. Vocalists also may order their own practice CDs if they want with only the soprano, alto, tenor or bass part highlighted. Annalora has information about the catalogue numbers and prices for the practice CDs.

“This should be a lot of fun,” said Annalora “There is nothing like strings and voices performing together. After all, they produce musical sound in the same way.” 

For more information call Annalora at (406) 853-8312.