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Verdi's 'Requiem' performed in Miller Auditorium

April 5, 2004

KALAMAZOO--The University Symphony Orchestra, Grand Chorus and guest vocal soloists present the "Requiem" by Giuseppe Verdi at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 18, in Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University.

Guest soloists are soprano Duana Demus, mezzo-soprano Jody Doktor, tenor Eric Ashcraft and bass Philip Kraus.

Verdi's "Requiem" is a work of epic proportions and is the sole work on the April 18 program. Considered by many Verdi's greatest vocal-choral work, the "Requiem" was composed in 1874 in memory of writer Alessandro Manzoni. A dramatic and emotional setting of the Catholic Mass, "Requiem" combines the best of his significant talents as a composer of opera and master of orchestration.

The April 18 performance will be conducted by Bruce Uchimura. The Grand Chorus is being prepared by Dr. Joe Miller, director of choral studies.

Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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