Orchestra, Symphony Chorus to perform April 24

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NATCHITOCHES – The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Chorus will perform Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Tickets are $10. Northwestern State University, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D.

Dr. Douglas Bakenhus is music director of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony. Josie Gonzalez Masmela is the graduate assistant conductor. Dr. Nicholaus Cummins is director of choral activities and Michael Rorex is associate director of choral activities.

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The program will be Mozart’s “Magic Flute” performed by the Chamber Orchestra, Bach’s “Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major,” “Requiem” by Gabriel Faure featuring the Symphony Chorus with Rorex or organ and “Husitzka” by Antonin Dvorak.

The Faure “Requiem” is a work unlike that of Italian composers of requiem masses. It does not focus on the ‘day of wrath’ as a motivating force behind the music. It does not get highly dramatic with blaring trumpets or movement of the curtains or other things that are so theatrical. It is more comforting and ethereal. Faure took a different attitude, one of hope and peace.