The Asheville Symphony Orchestra will join forces with the Asheville Symphony Chorus and the Western Carolina University Concert Choir for a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee.
Daniel Meyer, music director of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, will conduct. Michael Lancaster, WCU director of choral activities and music director of the Asheville Symphony Chorus, will prepare the two singing groups – which will form one large choir – for the performance.
The concert, which also will be performed the evening prior in Asheville, will consist of works by Arvo Pärt, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The concert will begin with “Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten” by Estonian composer Pärt and Vaughan Williams’ “Flos Campi,” or “Flowers of the Field.” The second half of the concert will feature a performance of the Requiem in D minor, K. 626, by Mozart. The composer was working on this piece at the time of his death in 1791, and it was completed later by one of his students.
Asheville-based violist Kara Poorbaugh, principal player with the Asheville Symphony, will solo on the Vaughan Williams portion. For the Requiem, the four vocal soloists will be Shannon Kessler Dooley, soprano; Ashley Hibbard, mezzo-soprano; Scott Joiner, tenor; and Sidney Outlaw, baritone.
The performance is made possible through funds from the WCU School of Music Artist in Residence Program.
Tickets for the performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. Tickets are available by calling the Bardo Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479 or by going online to bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.