Oct. 05--The Midland-Odessa Symphony Chorale will offer the first chorale performance of its 51st season today, debuting with "A Chorale Passport."
"The idea for the event is to be sort of a preview for some of the big things we have coming up in our season," chorale director Greg Pysh said. "We'll get a chance to show some stuff that folks might really want to come and hear down the road."
The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, and it will feature the works of a few renowned composers including Mozart and Antonio Vivaldi. The show will conclude with a "Les Miserables" medley in promotion of the MOSC and Midland Community Theatre's production of the musical in April 2014.
"It's not the first time these two organizations have collaborated," Pysh said. "They've done a couple performances together in the past, and Wagner No l is a really cool venue to create a Broadway stage production in. We are really glad to have the opportunity."
The groups recently held auditions for the principal roles in the upcoming production, evaluating more than 100 actors before casting the parts. The players performing in today's preview medley are the same ones the audience can expect to see in the full production next spring.
The 90-member chorale will also be performing a 20-minute Mozart piece that it will be featuring during its trip to Germany and Austria in June 2014.
The MOSC will be visiting the Austrian Salzburg Cathedral to sing a Missa brevis (literally "short Mass") that Mozart composed specifically for that cathedral. They will be performing it 239 years to the month after the piece's original unveiling on June 24, 1774.
Tickets to the passport show today will cost $14, but admission is free to all students. Discount prices are being offered to groups of 10 or more.
"People should come out because they will get a terrific sneak peek at stuff coming up, but especially the singers from 'Les Miserables,'" Pysh said. "To get a sneak preview and see them in the space they'll be performing in for the April show will be a treat. Plus, they get to hear a first-rate chorale. I think there's going to be something for everyone."
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