By Margaret McKinney
The New Mexico Highlands University Concert Choir will present Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Fauré’s Requiem at 3 p.m. Sunday in Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.
Andre García-Nuthmann, director of Highlands University’s choral and vocal program, will direct the concert.
“The Coronation Mass is one of the most beautiful masses ever written by Mozart, and he wrote it as a teenager,” García-Nuthmann said. “While Fauré is much more modern, he and Mozart share beautiful, lyrical melodies and delicate orchestration.
“The student soloists and the community soloist are going to be phenomenal,” García-Nuthmann said.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed the Coronation Mass in 1779. It is considered one of the most popular settings of his 17 settings of the Roman Catholic Ordinary of the Mass, also called the Order of Mass.
Gabriel Fauré composed Requiem in D minor between 1887 and 1890. The best-known of his compositions, it is a choral-orchestral setting of the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead.
Lydia Madrick of the Santa Fe Symphony is the piano accompanist. She has also accompanied the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus and the Santa Fe Community Chorus, among others.
Vocal soloists for the Coronation Mass include students Karliz de Marco, a soprano, Michael Rascon, a tenor, and Daniel Torres, at bass. Community member Erin Gilland, an alto, is also a vocal soloist for the Coronation Mass.
Vocal soloists for the Requiem include de Marco and Torres.
The Highlands University Concert Choir is composed of Highlands University students, faculty and staff, as well as community members.
All tickets are $5. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free.