Cost: $55.00 for 2 session(s) 1 -90 minute on-demand video lecture sent by The Learning Curve plus the virtual concert link sent by Tucson Masterworks Chorale

Type: In Person


Instructor: , DMA is the Artistic Director of Tucson Masterworks Chorale and Lecturer of Choral Music Education and Voice at Washington State University, where she teaches choral methods, undergraduate conducting, studio voice, directs the WSU University Singers, and serves on the Professional Education Advisory Board.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) has been given many titles by historians, choral scholars, and fans: child prodigy, genius, “touched by the divine” (in the case of the feature film Amadeus). What is typically omitted from such claims is the personal cost of Mozart’s fame, and how this turmoil is displayed in his music. Through a combination of lecture and concert performance, this two session course explores the personal history of Mozart – his early life as a child performer, his complex relationship with his father, his reluctant employment with the Catholic church, and his aspirations as an opera composer – discussing how these interactions colored his compositional style throughout his life.

Our first session is a 90-minute lecture discussing Mozart’s life and his sacred mass output. Focus will be given to his earliest mass setting, Missa brevis in D minor (K65) and his well-known, unfinished Requiem. We will examine how Mozart’s compositional style evolved between these two works, and how the two pieces parallel. In the second session, attendees can view a virtual concert of Mozart’s Missa brevis in D minor, performed by the Tucson Masterworks Chorale. This concert also features a premiere piece, Lux Aeterna, written by Tucson-native Russell Ronnebaum. This performance features strings from the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music, and soloists from the metro Tucson and eastern Washington areas.

Session 1: Lecture – available for viewing from Friday April 16 – April 25
Session 2: Virtual Choral Performance by Tucson Masterworks Chorale: Mozart’s Missa brevis in D minor, K65 – Available for viewing from Sunday, April 25 – May 16.

Register for Mozart’s Masses: The Turmoil Behind the Genius

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