Fairfield University to present 'Mozart Meets Motown' musical program
The program will range from classical works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to popular hits and songs related to the Motown era. The concert will feature performances by the club with accompanist Beth Palmer, and the Rev. Charles H. Allen, chaplain, as well as by club members in a variety of collaborations.
The Bensonians, an all-male a cappella group; Sweet Harmony, an all-female ensemble of chamber singers; and the Chamber Singers will also perform.
Works by Mozart, born in Salzburg in 1776, include pieces he wrote there for the Duke Archbishop's Court Orchestra. The Archbishop of Salzburg at the time, Hieronymus Franz Josef von Colloredo, insisted Mozart compose short and uncomplicated music to accompany his religious services. The Mozart works being performed include "Kyrie and Sanctus" from Missa Brevis, K.220; "Dixit" from Vesperae solennes de confessore, K.339, and Regina Coeli K.276.
Motown Records, established in 1959 in Detroit, was a record label that featured stars such as Martha and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and the Supremes and Gladys Knight.