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All-Mozart Concert Oct. 17

October 13, 2010

Homecoming for CSU's alumni, friends, and families, is the perfect occasion for this powerhouse of a concert from the School of the Arts. The All-Mozart Concert is a collaboration of CSU's top choirs, Sinfonia Orchestra, and special guest pianist Hou Runyu from East China Normal University. Mozart's hauntingly beautiful Requiem Mass is one of the compositions being performed.

Mozart began his last composition, the Requiem, while ill. He gathered a choir of friends around his bedside to sing the movements he'd completed and died less than 12 hours later.

Friday, Oct. 15, 7:30 and
Sunday, Oct. 17, 2 p.m.
University Center for the ARts
Griffin Concert Hall

The Colorado State University 2010 Homecoming and Family Weekend features:

  • An All-Mozart Concert
  • Presented by the CSU Sinfonia Orchestra, Chamber Choir, and Concert Choir
  • A program that includes special guest pianist Hou Runyu
  • A performance of the Requiem Mass

Two performances

The concert dates are Friday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 17, 2 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center of the Arts, 1400 Remington St. 

A pre-concert lecture will be given by Joel Bacon, Ph.D., one hour before each performance, and a reception follows Friday’s performance.

To RSVP for the Friday evening reception, contact or call (970) 491-4030. These additional activities are included with the purchase of a concert ticket. 


  • $12 for the public
  • $7 for Colorado State students
  • $1 for youth ages 2 to 17

The partnership between CSU and ECNU allows students and faculty from both universities to perform in new environments. Pictured: Hou-Runyu, director of orchestras at ECNU.

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts ticket office in the UCA Griffin lobby, by phone at (970) 491-2787, or online.

About the program

Special guest pianist Hou Runyu, director of orchestras at East China Normal University in Shanghai, joins the CSU Sinfonia Orchestra, conducted by Wes Kenney, for Mozart’s Piano Concerto, No. 17 in G Major, KV453.

Runyu’s appearance continues to foster the academic partnership CSU launched earlier in 2010 with East China Normal University. The affiliation allows students and faculty from both universities to study abroad, conduct research, and perform in new environments. 

The orchestra, Chamber Choir, and Concert Choir conducted by James Kim, come together for a striking and memorable performance of Mozart’s hauntingly beautiful Requiem Mass in D minor KV626 (Robert Levin Edition).

Soloists for the mass are Tiffany Blake, soprano; Lee Ann Sherlong, mezzo-soprano; Todd Queen, tenor; Gregory Brookes, bass-baritone.  

About the lecture

Joel Bacon, Stewart and Sheron Golden Chair of Organ and Liturgical Studies at CSU, presents a lecture on the interpretation and history of the mysterious Requiem Mass. Bacon is a performer, teacher, and scholar in North America and Europe, and is a church music specialist.

CSU 2010 Homecoming and Family Weekend

See a complete list of activities planned for music alumni, including a tailgate, alumni choir, alumni marching band, and performances by special campus guests Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

The School of the Arts at Colorado State University provides an enriched venue in which the study and practice of Art, Dance, Music and Theatre are nurtured and sustained by building the skills and knowledge needed by future generations of arts professionals to become contributors to the essential vitality of our culture and society. For more information, visit

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603