March 06, 2019
College of the Ozarks Chorale to perform in Springfield Symphony Saturday, March 23
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — The College of the Ozarks Chorale will perform as part of the Springfield Symphony season on Saturday, March 23. The theme for this year’s Springfield Symphony season is “The Big Questions,” so the concerts explore big issues: life and death, art and inspiration, love and marriage. The C of O Chorale will perform Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa de Requiem as part of a combined choir from Missouri State University, Drury University, and Evangel University.
The concert will take place in the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts on the Missouri State University campus on Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $10 - $40, with discounts available for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit www.missouristatetix.com or call the Juanita K. Hammons Hall box office at (417) 836-7678.
Known as one of Verdi's greatest masterpieces, his Requiem explores the themes of life after death.
“Verdi is known historically as one of the greatest Italian opera composers of history,” said John Cornish, chorale director and assistant professor of music at College of the Ozarks. “Although the Requiem is not an opera, it very much reflects the operatic musical style for which Verdi was known. It’s very dramatic, with extreme contrasts in dynamics and texture.”
The opportunity for these four local institutions to perform together is unique.
“For students, this is a great educational experience in that they get to sing a work we could not do here on campus alone. The combined vocal forces of the four choruses and four professional soloists, along with 69 orchestral musicians, make it not only possible but an event to relish,” Cornish said. “The difficulty of the Requiem means that it is rarely performed at the collegiate level. I would encourage everyone to come out. It is going to be a thrilling and beautiful night of music, contemplating the themes of life after death, redemption, peace, and deliverance from fear.”
About College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.
The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2019. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
03.06.19 – Kressa Phillips