Bernard Labadie Conducts Mozart's Requiem

All-Mozart program showcases the Oboe Concerto - a masterwork of immeasurable beauty featuring Colorado Symphony principal oboist Peter Cooper

January may be one of the darkest months of the year, but the Colorado Symphony's upcoming all-Mozart concerts are sure to diffuse radiance and light throughout Denver. On January 28, 29 and 30, concertgoers will experience three Mozart masterworks, including a rare production of Mozart's illustrious Requiem featuring the Colorado Symphony Chorus, internationally-acclaimed vocalists, and the much-anticipated return of Bernard Labadie - one of today's leading conductors of the Baroque and Classical repertoire. Featured vocalists include soprano Shannon Mercer, mezzo-soprano Anita Krause, tenor James Taylor and bass Jeremy Galyon. These Colorado Symphony performances also include the Overture to The Magic Flute and the Oboe Concerto in C major, K. 314 featuring Colorado Symphony principal oboist Peter Cooper.

For generations of music lovers, Mozart's Requiem represents the composer's genius; its expressive beauty and sublime moments leave concertgoers speechless, imbuing a sense of otherworldliness that is difficult to describe. Critics and concertgoers agree that the experience of a fully-staged live production is a "must" for any music lover. Only through the power and passion of a full production featuring orchestra, chorus and soloists can one feel the candid power of the music and appreciate Mozart's brilliance. The majesty of these upcoming Requiem performances will thrill Denver-area music lovers - whether new to Boettcher Concert Hall or seasoned concertgoers - and without a doubt, convert legions of new generations to become devoted Mozart followers.

In this all-Mozart program, concertgoers will also experience the lovely and splendid Oboe Concerto, arguably one of Mozart's most beautiful concerti and certainly one of the most optimistic and captivating of Mozart's compositions. What sets the Oboe Concerto apart is the translucent beauty of the happy and carefree spirit of the work, making it a personal favorite for millions. Nothing short of exquisite, Mozart's Oboe Concerto featuring Peter Cooper makes this Colorado Symphony concert a must-attend event.

Artists:
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Labadie, conductor
Peter Cooper, principal oboe
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Anita Krause, mezzo-soprano
James Taylor, tenor
Jeremy Galyon, bass
Colorado Symphony Chorus / Duain Wolfe, director

Program:
MOZART: Overture to The Magic Flute, K. 620
MOZART: Oboe Concerto in C major, K. 314 (K. 285d)
MOZART: Requiem Mass for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor and Bass Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra in D minor, K. 626 (Completed by Robert D. Levin)

Performances:
Friday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, January 30 at 2:30 p.m.
Friday: Come early and enjoy a Prelude to the performance with CEO, Jim Palermo and chorus director, Duain Wolfe or stay after for a Talkback session with conductor, Bernard Labadie.
Saturday: Come early and enjoy a Prelude to the performance with conductor, Bernard Labadie and chorus director, Duain Wolfe.
Sunday: Come early and enjoy a Prelude to the performance with chorus director, Duain Wolfe and Metro State College's Betsy Schwarm.

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