The Lincoln Festival Chorus presents Mozart’s “Requiem.” Performed many times over the years, it never loses its power to move the listener. Of Mozart, it was written by other famous composers that he was the “greatest composer,” “the highest, the culminating point that beauty has attained in the sphere of music.”
The requiem was commissioned in 1791 and as Mozart worked on it, he became very attached to it. He completed most of it and gathered some of his closest friends to sing it on Dec. 4, 1791. He passed away the next day. His wife hired Franz Sussmayr to complete the work based on sketches that Mozart left behind.
This beautiful piece, will be performed under the direction of Linda Blanchard, with accompanist Sean Fleming. The Chorus will also be joined by a professional 16-piece orchestra and four well-known soloists: soprano – Danielle Vayenas, alto- Joelle Morris, tenor – David Myers, Jr. and bass – John David Adams. These ladies and gentlemen have extensive experience performing around Maine and are known and loved by many.
Artistic Director Linda Blanchard is well-known in the area, directing several groups and has a varied background in theatrical directing, orchestral directing, as a church organist and choir director. Sean Fleming is one of Maine’s most sought-after keyboard artists and has performed piano and organ recitals throughout the United States.
You won’t want to miss this inspiring and beautiful work. Performances will be Friday, Aug. 9 and Sunday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor. Tickets, $25, are available online at lincolnartsfestival.org or at Sherman’s Bookstore in Boothbay Harbor and in Damariscotta. Tickets are also available at the door.