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Students to grace Carnegie
May 23, 1997

Student musicians and singers will showcase their talents when they grace the Carnegie Hall stage June 22.

The University Festival Chorus and Orchestra, under the direction of Peter Bagley, will perform Durufle's Requiem, Op. 9, in the famous New York City concert hall at 2 p.m. The group was invited to perform because of its excellent reputation through a special invitation from MidAmerica Productions. The performance is part of the organization's ensemble debut series. Two other ensembles will perform that day.

"It's a major opportunity for exposure in the premiere concert hall in the world," said Bagley, a professor of music. "It is really a major department effort, combining students in the orchestra and chorus. Several alumni will perform with the chorus and orchestra.

The 130-member Festival Chorus and Orchestra performed the piece by French composer Maurice Durufle in November at von der Mehden Hall. The work calls for chorus, soloists, organ and orchestra. Durufle completed Requiem in 1947 and dedicated the work to his father. Built on Gregorian themes, the piece establishes a gentle spirit of resignation without fear.

Last year, the UConn Wind Ensemble performed at Carnegie Hall during a memorial service for composer Morton Gould.