Los Alamos Choral Society and Symphony to Present Winter Concert

A recent Choral Society and LASO concert at the Crossroads Bible Church. Photo by Bill Godwin

Staff Report:

The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Mary Badarak will present their Winter Concert at 4 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Crossroads Bible Church at 97 East Road. Tickets are $15 for adults and available at the door or CB FOX. Students are free.

The program will feature W. A. Mozart’s Requiem and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna.

Soloists for the Requiem are Viera Moore, Mary Beth Stevens, Gloria Streit, Rene Le Claire and Loren Jacobsen. Cindy Little is the accompanist for the Choral Society.

Rarely has a contemporary choral composition received such popular recognition as Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. Composed in 1997, Lux Aeterna was premiered and recorded by the Los Angeles Master Chorale under the baton of Paul Salamunovich that same year and in 1998, their recording of Lux Aeterna was nominated for a Grammy Award. 

In 2009, the first movement of LuxAeterna – Introitus  was used in the final scenes of Hans Zimmer’s film Angels and Demons

The Los Alamos Choral Society previously performed Lauridsen’s LuxAeterna in January 2004 and it remains a favorite of Choral Society singers. The Requiem Mass in D minor, K.V. 626 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the most sublime and enduring sacred works ever composed. Outlined and written as Mozart was dying, the mass was completed by Mozart’s student Franz XaverSüssmayr and was delivered to Count Franz von Walsegg, who had commissioned the piece to commemorate the anniversary of his wife’s death.

The autograph manuscript shows the first movement, finished and orchestrated in Mozart’s hand, as well as detailed drafts of the Kyrie and the Sequence – Dies Irae as far as the first nine bars of Lacrimosa, and the Offertory. Over the years much controversy has arisen over what was actually Mozart’s composition and/or instructions, and how much had been added by others. But Mozart’s signature style and genius clearly permeates throughout the Mass.

The Los Alamos Choral Society last performed this great work on the 200th anniversary of Mozart’s death Dec. 5, 1991.