The University of Mobile has gifted Mobile with its Performing Arts Series. The 10 shows reveal a panorama of arts — jazz, opera, sacred music, musical theater — to enhance the area’s cultural pastiche in venues more associated with the sacred.
The next performance is a night of classical music on Feb. 24, 7 p.m. at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, on the southeast corner of Dauphin and Catherine streets in Midtown. Parking is available behind the church and across the intersection.
Fitting for a setting touched by solemnity, this performance bears an ominous back-story. As classical music fans and film buffs who saw 1984’s “Amadeus” recall, master composer Mozart began his “Requiem in D Minor” in 1791, it being a commission through intermediaries for a noble’s dead wife.
Mozart died before finishing the piece and the remainder was completed by composers Joseph von Eybler and Franz Süssmayr. There might have been contributions by yet other unknown composers as Mozart’s widow had to present a finished score to the benefactor to claim sorely nded funds.
Dr. Scott Wright, University of Mobile conductor-in-residence, is guest conductor. Admission is $5 and tickets are available at the door, at iTickets.com or by calling the UMobile Center for Performing Arts at 251-442-2383.
For more information about the University of Mobile Center for Performing Arts, visit www.umobile.edu or call 251-442-2222 or 800-WIN-RAMS.