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Mozart's Requiem 

 
Mozart’s Requiem
Music Napa Valley at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center
April 27, 2014 at 3pm

 

Starting off the “Spring into Music” season for Music Napa Valley, the Napa Valley College Chorale, directed by Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes, and the Napa Valley College Orchestra, directed by Harry Cadelago, will take the Main Stage at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center performing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem. They will be welcoming special guests, The St. Helena Chamber Singers, directed by Craig Bond.

 

The College Chorale, directed by Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes, will begin the afternoon program with “a cappella” spirituals, including Hold Me, Rock Me, Swing Low Sweet Chariot and Aint Judgin No Man, after which the Requiem composed by W.A. Mozart will be featured.  Joining the College Chorale for this performance will be the St. Helena Chamber Singers and the NVC Orchestra. One can only imagine the full, rich sound coming from the marvelously-acoustic Main Theater Stage of the NVC Performing Arts Center with a 40-piece orchestra and the 100-piece chorus.

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) composed The Requiem Mass in D minor (K.626) in Vienna in 1791. This piece was left unfinished upon his untimely death on December 5 of that year of rheumatic fever. He had been commissioned by an eccentric count, Franz von Walsegg, who had anonymously commissioned the piece for a requiem mass to commemorate the February 14 anniversary of his wife's death.  Von Walsegg made it a routine to commission composers for pieces, and pass them off as his own.  Mozart was paid half of the commission at the start of his working on the mass. With the assistance of several composers, Franz Xaver Süssmayr was able to finish the Requiem at the request of Mozart’s widow, Constanze, so that the balance would be paid as though the piece had been completed by Mozart prior to his death. The Requiem will be featuring four operatic soloists: Angela Cadelago, Soprano; Bonnie Brooks, Mezzo Soprano; Robert Dornaus, Tenor; and Cliff Romig, Bass.

 

Conducting the orchestra and singers in the Requiem performance will be Harry Cadelago. Harry has been on the faculty at Napa Valley College since 2006 when he began conducting the NVC North Bay Wind Ensemble. In the fall of 2009, he added the NVC Orchestra to his conducting duties. He is also a part of the applied music course at Napa Valley College in which he gives individual instruction in his primary instrument, the Euphonium. This spring he conducted the orchestra for the Napa Valley College musical Annie Get Your Gun.  Mr. Cadelago has degrees from City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University.  He began his teaching career in Napa in 1972 as a music specialist in several elementary schools. During this time he played tuba in the North Bay Wind Ensemble and in the Napa Valley Symphony for twelve years. Harry is now retired from the Napa Unified School District after 39 years of directing the award winning Silverado Middle School bands, Napa High marching band, jazz band, the orchestra and the concert band.  Mr. Cadelago is honored to be conducting Mozart’s masterpiece, Requiem.

 

Guest singers for the Requiem performance are the St. Helena Chamber Singers, directed by Craig Bond.  Craig began his teaching career in 1973 as the choral director for the St. Helena School District, where he has directed all the choirs from elementary school through high school. All of his choirs have consistently received  "unanimous superior" ratings at the California Music Educators Association choral festivals, and his St. Helena High School Jazz Choir has won 1st place & sweepstakes awards at almost every vocal jazz festival in California and the Pacific Northwest.  He has taken student choral groups on European concert tours on 12 different occasions, including concerts in France, England, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and Croatia. After his retirement, Mr. Bond formed the non-profit organization known as "The St. Helena Choral Society". This society includes the 40 voice St. Helena Children's Chorus for

children between 8 and 12 years of age, the 30 voice St. Helena Teen Choir for students between the ages of 13 and 19, the Jazz @ 7 vocal  ensemble which is made up of past vocal jazz students of Mr. Bond, and the 70 voice St. Helena Chamber Singers and Orchestra who specialize in major choral works with orchestral accompaniment. The mission of the SHCS is to produce and sustain choral music programs and activities in and around St. Helena and the Napa Valley.  The society was formed for the purpose of contributing to the artistic and cultural education of people of allages in the community.

 

Directing the Napa Valley College Chorale is Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes. Dr. Wilkes teaches voice, directs the College Chorale and is the Musical Director of the Napa Valley College musical theater productions. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in literature and vocal pedagogy from West Virginia University, with her Master of Arts, emphasis in vocal pedagogy, and her Bachelor of Science Degree in music education from The Ohio State University. She also administers the new applied music courses, newly offered this fall as a part of the transfer degree in Music.  Dr. Wilkes has also led numerous highly successful international performance tours for the NVC Singers including Germany/Austria, the Czech Republic, Spain, Scotland, Canada, and Japan, and she is excited to embark on the new tour in June 2014 to Italy. The spirituals thatbegin the April 27th program are just a few of the pieces that the NVC Singers will be taking on this summer tour as they perform in venues all over Italy, Germany and Austria.

 

Tickets for this concert are $15 for Adults, $10 Military/Students/Seniors (60+), and can be purchased online at www.MusicNapaValley.org or by calling the Box Office at 707-256-7500.  It is recommended that you purchase your tickets ahead of time; however tickets may also be available at the door one hour before show time.  Early arrival is encouraged for patrons intending to purchase tickets at the door, as there will be no late seating. The Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center is located at 2277 Napa- Vallejo Hwy. in Napa. Parking is also free.


ATTENTION CALENDAR EDITORS

 

WHAT            Mozart’s Requiem

 

WHO              Music Napa Valley at Napa Valley College

 

WHEN            April 27, 2014 at 3pm

 

WHERE         Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center

Main Theater

2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway

Napa, CA 94558

 

TICKETS       Adults $15, Military/Students/Seniors (60+) $10.

Call 707-256-7500 for tickets or visit the website www.MusicNapaValley.org