Kentucky Wesleyan College, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and Sts. Joseph and Paul Catholic Church will combine resources to present Mozart’s Requiem in d minor on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the church, located at 609 East Fourth Street in Owensboro. The performance will feature the Wesleyan Chorale, the Owensboro Symphony and selected student soloists from the college’s vocal studios. The performance will be under the baton of Professor Paul E. Oakley, Director of Choral and Sacred Music Studies at Kentucky Wesleyan. The concert is free and open to the public.
Forty members of the Wesleyan Chorale were part of a chorus of 250 who performed the Requiem at Carnegie Hall in New York City on April 1 with the New York City Chamber Orchestra and nationally known soloists. The New York City performance was conducted by Maestro Oakley, who is a frequent guest conductor of the New York City Chamber Orchestra. Professor Dennis A. Jewett, Director of Vocal Studies and Music Education at Kentucky Wesleyan, and David Malone, Director of Choral Music at South Spencer High School, assisted in preparation of the chorus. Several choral students from South Spencer High School were part of the Carnegie Hall performance and will participate in the Owensboro concert.
“Carnegie Hall was filled for the performance, and the audience gave a lengthy and boisterous ovation,” remarked Oakley. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to perform the Requiem in the architectural and acoustical beauty of Sts. Joseph and Paul Church.” According to Oakley, the concert will be dedicated to three members of the Kentucky Wesleyan College staff: Lou Ann Bowersox, Kathy Rutherman and Cindra Stiff. “These remarkable women do amazing work to see that the rapid growth experienced by the Music Department at Kentucky Wesleyan is integrated into the life of the college and the community,” he said.