phwealth International Series Three

Mozart's Requiem



Dunedin Town Hall

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Umberto Clerici - Conductor

Emma Pearson - Soprano

Maaike Christie-Beekman - Alto

Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono - Tenor

Wade Kernot - Bass


Symphony No. 31, ‘Paris’



Mozart was anxious to please the Parisians with this specially composed symphony. Although rehearsals went badly, after the performance, Mozart commented: “I was so happy that as soon as the symphony was over, I went off to the Palais Royal, where I had a large ice, said the Rosary as I had vowed to do.”

In 1791, soon after Mozart starting to compose the Requiem, he began to experience ‘strange thoughts’, and began to fear he was writing a requiem for his own death. The result is a moving piece, with passages of fearful angst and resolute acceptance.

Umberto Clerici, Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor, has a flourishing career in Australia and NZ. Of his DSO 2023 concert, The Star commented: “Under the inspiring, joyful baton of Australia-based guest conductor Umberto Clerici, the DSO players gave an energetic and committed performance.” Joining Maestro Clerici on stage will be four leading NZ vocal soloists, and City Choir Dunedin.

Free Pre-Concert Talk

Join our free Pre-Concert Talk introducing 'Mozart's Requiem' by Professor Anthony Ritchie, Saturday 24 August, 6.40 - 7.00 pm. Dunedin Town Hall complex

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