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Palm Beach Symphony and the FAU Symphony Chorus to Perform Choral Works

           BOCA RATON, FL (April 2, 2008) – The department of music in the School of the Arts in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents a concert with the Palm Beach Symphony, under the direction of Ray Robinson, and the FAU Symphony Chorus, conducted by Patricia Fleitas, on Wednesday, April 16 at 8 p.m.   The two groups will join forces to perform Beethoven’s Mass in C, Opus 86, and Puccini’s Gloria from his Messa di Gloria.   Soloists for the Beethoven Mass will be Kiera Duffy (soprano), Kristin Brouwer (mezzo-soprano), Eduardo Aladrén (tenor) and Won Cho (bass-baritone).   Eduardo Aladrén will perform the tenor solo in the Puccini piece.   The concert will take place in the University Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.

            Both works exemplify early efforts by Beethoven and Puccini to write religious works in the medium of chorus and orchestra.   The Mass in C was Beethoven’s first attempt at setting the famous Mass text and, although later overshadowed in Beethoven’s works by the Missa Solemnis and the Ninth Symphony, is considered a worthy predecessor to these monumental compositions.

            Puccini’s Gloria also represents an early attempt at setting a liturgical text to music, but in this case the composer initially limited his efforts to the second part of the Mass text, the “Gloria.”   Puccini was 18 and a student at the Conservatory in Milan when he composed his Missa a quattro voci, popularly known as the Messa di Gloria.   The Gloria movement in this setting is often performed independently of all the other movements in the work.  

            General admission tickets for this concert are $15, and FAU faculty, staff and students may receive free admission.   For tickets, call 800-564-9539 or visit www.fauevents.com.   Tickets may also be purchased at the door.   For further information on FAU’s choral and vocal studies, call 561-297-3823.

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