Originally Published: May 4, 2017 8:43 p.m.
If you haven’t gotten tickets yet for the Prescott Chorale’s two-day “The Magnificent Music of Mozart” performance, then you’re out of luck as the concert is sold out. Those who have gotten their tickets will be able to hear “Vesperae Solennes de Confessores” and other opera choruses by Mozart and Verdi on Friday, May 5, by the Prescott Chorale and Orchestra along with the winners of the Young Artists Competition and “Requiem Mass in D Minor” on Saturday, May 6, by the chorale and orchestra.
The amount of music available from Mozart is incredible, said Tom Agostino, calling it incredible to be able to split it up to do a few pieces one day and the whole Mozart requiem another.
“Who wouldn’t want to do a two-day Mozart concert?” he said. “It’s a neat challenge for any choir. When Dennis Houser, the director, was putting the season together, I’m sure he likes to challenge the singers.”
Featuring the winners of the youth competition, which was sponsored by the Prescott Chorale and the Yavapai College music department, is one of the highlights of Friday night’s show, Agostino said. The Three performers, Abigail Bush, CodyRay Caho and Mariana Velasco, are all quite into opera and have incredible credits already at this point, he said, noting it will be a nice addition. The three of them will also receive $1,000 scholarships from the Prescott Chorale for voice study.
As for Saturday’s performance, the “Requiem” is a very special piece, Agostino said, commenting that the choir is excited about being able to perform it.
Agostino recalled going to see the chorale and orchestra at the Christmas concert and said it was breathtaking to hear that many voices singing along with the orchestra.
“Where do you hear that? Especially in Prescott,” he said. “It’s something I don’t think a lot of people really get to experience. They might go hear Prescott Pops or even the symphony but that’s really different than this kind of music in this kind of combination.”
The concert will be at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherds Lane. Friday’s concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday’s concert begins at 3 p.m. No tickets are available.