TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS, FUSEBOX FESTIVAL,
GOLDEN HORNET PROJECT, AND TEXAS CHORAL CONSORT
GRAHAM REYNOLDS AND PETER STOPSCHINSKI,
MUSIC DIRECTOR AND CONDUCTOR
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014, 6:30 P.M.
AT THE FRENCH LEGATION MUSEUM
(802 SAN MARCOS ST.)
Less than one year before Mozart died, he received a commission for a death mass from a mysterious stranger who intended to pass it off as his own composition. Mozart died penniless before he completed his final composition. To pay for his funeral, his widow had one of his students complete the work as we know it today: Mozart’s Requiem Mass.
The Mozart Requiem Undead project takes it back to square one. In this quirky and oversized collaboration between the Golden Hornet Project, Fusebox Festival, Texas Choral Consort, and Texas Performing Arts, the masterwork is stripped back to what Mozart himself had on paper – the choral parts and figured bass – and put in the hands of Austin’s Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski who head a pack of luminary alt-classical composers from Texas and beyond in re-imagining a new completion for this masterpiece, starting where Wolfgang Amadeus left off.
Ten unique composers ranging from 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winning composer Caroline Shaw to the drummer from Wilco were each commissioned to rework a movement of Mozart’s Requiem Mass. The only catch is that the composers have to keep what Mozart wrote down before he died. Anything else goes. Mozart Requiem Undead will be performed by over 200 artists and will feature a full orchestra, rhythm section, electronics, and Texas Choral Consort’s award winning chorus and soloists, all led by Texas Choral Consort’s Artistic Director Brent Baldwin.
Glenn Kotche (Wilco)
Caroline Shaw (2013 Pulitzer Prize for Music)
DJ Spooky (aka Paul Miller)
Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma)
Todd Reynolds (Bang on a Can)
Justin Sherburn (Okkervil River)
For more information on this performance, please visit: http://texasperformingarts.org/season/mozart-requiem-undead-austin.