Posted by: Date: November 1, 2019
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By Reesa Nelson
Marketing & Communications Manager

Join us Saturday, November 9 at 8 PM as the Pacific Lutheran University Choral Union presents Mozart’s Requiem in Lagerquist Concert Hall.

PLU’s Choral Union is one of the outstanding community choruses in the United States. The choir was established in 1984 to create a university ensemble that would bring together singers from the community, including PLU faculty and staff, alumni, and students. Since its founding the choir has grown to a full membership of 60-70 singers, with a touring ensemble of approximately 30-40 singers.

The choir meets one evening each week for rehearsal during the academic year and members are selected by annual audition. The choir performs three or four concerts each season. Programs are comprised of shorter choral works or major choral literature with orchestra or chamber instrumentation. The choir often collaborates with university, community, and professional musical organizations, including Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Northwest Sinfonietta.

Choral Union has appeared at many prestigious conference and festival events, toured Europe multiple times, and recorded three albums. Participants have an enjoyable and deeply moving experience as part of this ensemble. Hear what some of our alumni members—not all of them music majors—have to say about their participation.

Making music with a choir is a connection like no other. Mozart’s Requiem has a little bit of everything—joy, sorrow, fear, and ultimately, peace—and I think that’s what makes it so special.
Melissa Dier ’12

Singing in Choral Union is like coming home: coming home to a community of people who live and breathe music, coming home to profoundly moving musical masterpieces, and coming home to this beautiful place, PLU.
Amanda Kelly ’02/’16

There is something so powerful about singing Mozart’s Requiem. Knowing you are breathing life into some of the very last notes that the prolific composer wrote is incredibly moving.
Stephanie Bivins ’13

Choral Union has given me a chance to stay connected with PLU after receiving my degree and to perform Mozart’s Requiem, a piece that I don’t know if I’ll ever get to sing again.
Lydia Bill ’19

The profoundly moving text, coupled with the depth of Mozart’s genius, make for a compelling experience whether for the singer or audience member. I am grateful for the Choral Union. My involvement has kept me singing great music 51 years after first joining the Choir of the West. And I wasn’t a voice major!
Phil Nesvig ’70

Tickets for Mozart’s Requiem are $5-$17 and are on sale now online only at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/plu-choral-union-tickets-66723960161. Tickets may also be purchased at the door right before the performance.

For additional information, call the Department of Music at 253.535.7602 or email music@plu.edu. Connect with us at facebook.com/PLUMusic.