Las Vegas, N.M. – The Highlands University Concert Choir will perform Luigi Cherubini’s Requiem Nov. 8.
The concert will be at 3 p.m. in the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium at 900 University Ave.
“I’m really excited about this concert because we have never performed any of Cherubini’s music in Las Vegas,” said Andre García-Nuthmann, director of Highlands University’s choral and vocal program. “Cherubini’s Requiem is a beautiful gem that is rarely performed. His music was revolutionary in its harmony and expression. There are moments when you think you are listening to Verdi because Cherubini’s music is also very lyrical.”
García-Nuthmann will direct the concert. Linda King, concert pianist and music faculty member, is the accompanist.
Cherubini was born in Florence, Italy in 1760 and died in Paris in 1842. Music historians consider Cherubini’s sacred music and operas the most notable of his works. He wrote his Requiem in 1815.
“Cherubini lived most of his working life in France and was a well-known, active composer in his lifetime. He was alive at the same time as Mozart. Following Mozart’s death, Beethoven said Cherubini was the greatest composer of his contemporaries – quite a compliment,” García-Nuthmann said.
The Highlands University Concert Choir is composed of Highlands University faculty, students, and staff, as well as community members.
All tickets are $5. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free.