Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ will fill Merrill Auditorium


PORTLAND – The Choral Art Society and Portland Ballet Company will join forces once again to explore a world-renowned choral and orchestral work with the beauty of dance. The two organizations will present Mozart’s powerful masterpiece, “The Requiem,” on Tuesday, March 30, at Merrill Auditorium.

Featured will be the world premiere of new choreography by Kennet Oberly, the Choral Art Society singers, Portland Ballet Company dancers and musicians from the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

The dancers embody the emotion of the piece, its sense of grief, resurrection and hope. “The Requiem” celebrates the beauty and strength of life, and the power of belief in the face of death.

 “Every composition has a story, even if it is only, ‘I want to write a song,’ ” said Robert Russell, Choral Art Society music director. “The story of the genesis, and eventual synthesis, of Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ still grabs me. And I have read it a dozen times.”

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $17 to $62. They are available through PortTix, at, by calling 842-0800 or at the box office at 20 Myrtle St. from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Tickets purchased over the phone or online will be assessed a $5 per ticket handling charge.