First Presbyterian Church
4300 Main St. Vancouver WA
The Requiem in D minor was Mozart’s final work; he died before completing it. Soloists will be drawn from the choir, which includes experienced singers with music degrees. A full orchestra will accompany the choir.
Also on the program is Mozart’s Regina Coeli K. 276. “Regina Coeli” means “Queen of Heaven” and honors the Virgin Mary. It’s a 7-minute church work, and is, like the Requiem, in Latin. But Regina Coeli reflects a much happier time in Mozart’s life.
The concert will also include All God’s Children by Henry Mollicone, who was an old friend of VMC director Jana Hart. Mollicone, who died last year, wrote this work in 2012 for the Vancouver USA Singers, the predecessor to the VMC. Mollicone described All God’s Children as a melodic work with an inherent message of compassion for all, especially people in poverty and with special needs.
Also on the program are Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre, which premiered in 2002. The songs range from melodic to percussive in style. Whitacre has won a Grammy Award for Best Choral Recording. In 2020, his virtual choir included 17,572 singers from 129 countries