Requiem in All Mozart Lineup
April 27, 2016
(Gettysburg, PA) Music by Mozart will fill the Gettysburg Seminary chapel when the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra (GCO) springs into concert mode for the Music, Gettysburg! concert series Sunday, May 8, at 4:00pm.
The concert will be dedicated to a celebration of Mozart’s 260th birthday with a variety of works from that famous composer including his masterworks for violin and viola and the iconic Requiem. And like all Music, Gettysburg! concerts, the event is free and open to the public at 147 Seminary Ridge on the Seminary campus.
Opening with the overture to “The Marriage of Figaro” Maestro Norm Nunamaker has chosen to perform two major works: the concerto for violin and viola (entitled Sinfonia Concertante) and the Requiem with the Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg providing the choral anchor.
The soloists for the Sinfonia Concertante will be two members of the orchestra, Concertmaster John Eaken and Principal Violist, Adam Cordle. John Eaken, who is also Concertmaster of the York Symphony Orchestra, is no stranger to local audiences for he has performed on many occasions on the Music, Gettysburg! series and has also been a soloist with the GCO. The Eaken Trio, founded by John, has also performed frequently in Gettysburg. Adam Cordle, a member of the faculty at the Sunderman Conservatory of Gettysburg College, has been Principal Violist for the GCO for the last two seasons and is currently enrolled in the Doctoral program at Eastman School of Music. Adam performed the Bartok Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with the Sunderman Conservatory Symphony Orchestra in 2014.
For the performance of the Requiem the GCO will be joined by the Gettysburg Schola Cantorum, a 25 voice choral group founded and conducted by Dr. Stephen Folkemer, Seminary Cantor and Professor of Church Music at the Lutheran Theological Seminary. This select group of vocalists also performs frequently on concerts presented by Music, Gettysburg! and has received high praise for its annual Vespers concerts. The Schola has also joined forces with the GCO in the past to perform the Bach Magnificat, Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” and the Brahms Requiem. Four members of this ensemble will be the soloists for the Mozart Requiem; soprano Margaret Folkemer, mezzo soprano Pamela Cooper-White, tenor Andrew Rosenfeld, and bass John Widman. Pamela Cooper-White last performed with the GCO in the performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in 2014 but has also been a frequent soloist with the local orchestra. Margaret Folkemer was also a soloist with the GCO in 2015, singing arias by Mozart and Handel and local audiences will recognize her from her appearances during the New Years Eve celebration in the Square. Andrew Rosenfeld is Professor of Music at Mount St Mary’s University where he is Director of the Choral activities. He is also Assistant Conductor of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra. Bass John Widman has appeared on many recitals in the area and teaches public school music in the Frederick County (MD) School System. Later this year he will present a series of recitals in
Wisconsin and Minnesota.
The Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra is currently in its 19th year of operation and recently launched a campaign to build an Endowment Fund to make certain that this local organization will continue to offer concerts through the auspices of Music, Gettysburg! in perpetuity. Up to very recently, Norman and Carol Nunamaker have assumed the responsibilities of managing a professional orchestra, from fund raising to serving meals during “double rehearsal days!” According to the Director and Conductor, Norman Nunamaker, working with this ensemble has been the most significant aspect of his life and is a source of great pride and joy. Plans for future concerts up to 2018 are already underway and the GCO will continue to focus on soloists and members with ties to this “…most famous small town in America.” Without giving anything away, Norman assures the public that “the 20th anniversary celebration of this professional orchestra, in 2017, will be another great chapter in the history of this group.”
The concert is funded, in part, by grants from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts and the Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust and by generous supporters of Music, Gettysburg! concerts. The concert is free and open to the public. For further information about the GCO, please call 717-334-5508.
Music, Gettyburg! is a free concert series featuring the finest regional, national and international musicians hosted by the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. The seminary chapel is located at 147 Seminary Ridge on the west edge of the Borough of Gettysburg. For more information about this and other concerts remaining in the Music, Gettysburg! schedule, please call 717-338-3000 ext 2197 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the web site at www.musicgettysburg.org .