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Mozaart's Epic Requiem

The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and SSO Music Director Daniel Hege will welcome the Syracuse University Oratorio Society, directed by Elisa Dekaney, to the next concert in the Mozart Requiem. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Nov. 17 and 18, at the Mulroy Civic Center.

The SSO will begin the concert with Rouse's powerful Ogoun Badagris. Inspired by Haitian drumming patterns, Ogoun uses four conga drums as the focal point of the composition. The piece begins with the drums responding with increasing intensity to a shaking rattle before coming together in unison. Ogoun then changes into an exciting, pulsating arrangement that stresses the conga drum rhythm until its conclusion.

The SSO will then perform Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, a piece in which the opening fugue reappears in different guises throughout the work, tying each of the movements together. A surprisingly tender segment serves as the fugue's climax before the piece comes to an abrupt close. One of Bartok's greatest works, Music sets the tone in some of the eeriest scenes of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.

To provide the evening with a dramatic finale, the Syracuse University Oratorio Society will join the SSO to perform Mozart's Requiem. His last composition -- which Mozart appropriately referred to as his "funeral song"-- and arguably one of his most recognized works, the piece combines traditional requiem verse with robust, emotional movements. Joining the SSO on this performance as soloists are soprano Ann Monoyios, mezzo-soprano Stacy Eckert, tenor William Hite, and baritone Timothy LeFebvre.

Ticket prices start at $15. To purchase tickets, call 424-8200 or (800) 724-3810, or visit SyracuseSymphony.org.

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