Willamette Master Chorus and Grammy Winner to Perform with Orchestra

Salem Chamber Orchestra (SCO) presents the third program of the Drs. William and Selma Moon Pierce Masterworks Series Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 16, at 3 p.m. in Hudson Hall at Willamette University.

The program features the Willamette Master Chorus and solo vocalists Misook Yun (soprano) and Kevin Helppie (baritone) performing Gabriel Fauré's ethereal Requiem in D minor, op. 48.

"I find that the Fauré is one of the most exquisite settings of the Latin Requiem text in western music," says Willamette Master Chorus Director Paul Klemme, who will conduct the work. The ensemble will perform the 1893 version of the work, reconstructed by John Rutter.

Also on the program, SCO welcomes back founder and music director laureate Bruce McIntosh to conduct the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 297b. The work features four wind soloists: Molly Barth, flute; Mitch Iimori, oboe; Mike Curtis, bassoon; and Steve Hayworth, horn. Barth recently won a Grammy Award for a recording made as a member of the contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird. She moved to Oregon in 2006 and is a Willamette music instructor as well as the principal flutist with SCO.

Individual tickets are available through the Pentacle Theatre ticket office, 145 Liberty St. NE, Suite 102, Salem, or by calling (503) 485-4300. Prices are $10-$20 for adults and $5 for students. Seating is reserved.