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Wolfgang Mozart's 250th Birthday

SXU performs with Trinity Christian College & Southwest Symphony Orchestra

Chicago (April 5, 2006) – In celebration of Wolfgang Mozart’s 250th birthday, there will be a combined performance of Mozart’s “Requiem” by Saint Xavier University’s Chorale, Trinity Christian College’s Chorale and the Southwest Symphony Orchestra. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College, 6601 W. College Dr., Palos Heights.

Combined, there will be about 125 singers, 75 orchestra players and four soloists. Performers include Peter VanDeGraaff, a bass-baritone and announcer on WFMT Radio; his wife, Kathleen VanDeGraaff, a professional soprano and an adjunct faculty member for many years in the Saint Xavier Music Department; Tom McNicholas, a professional tenor and alumnus of the Music Department; and Jan Bickel, a mezzo-soprano and professor of music and director of vocal studies at Saint Xavier University.

The concert will be directed by David Crane of the Southwest Symphony Orchestra. The SXU Chorale was prepared by the newly appointed chorale conductor/director Jennifer Kerr Budziak and accompanied by Daniel Surma, an adjunct professor of piano at the university. The Southwest Symphony Orchestra will also perform “Academic Festival Overture” by Johannes Brahms and “Concerto for Two Violins” by J.S. Bach. 

Tickets in the artist’s circle (front and center stage) are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $5 for students. Other tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and $5 for students. Children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by contacting the Southwest Symphony Orchestra at (708) 802-0686 or by visiting their Web site at www.southwestsymphony.com. For additional information, please contact the Saint Xavier University Music Department at (773) 298-3421.


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