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CSU and Choral Arts Cleveland Perform Mozart and Brahms

Orchestral and choral performance will be conducted by Victor Liva and Brian Bailey

OrchestraCleveland State University and Choral Arts Cleveland will present a free orchestral and choral performance of Requiem in D minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Double Concerto in A minor, op. 2 by Johannes Brahms in CSU’s Waetjen Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 1. It will be performed by the CSU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Victor Liva, and the CSU Chorale, CSU University Chorus and Choral Arts Cleveland, conducted by Brian Bailey. 

Mozart's Requiem, one of the composer’s better known works, contains some of the last music he ever composed before his early death at age 35. Similarly, the renowned Double Concerto was Brahms’ final work for orchestra. 

Guest instrumental soloists for the Double Concerto include William Barbini on violin and Ovidiu Marinescu on cello. Additionally, Bryant Bush and CSU alumni Madelyn Hasebein, Dawn Durdella and Matthew Jones II will perform vocal solos in Requiem.

Brian Bailey is the director of choirs at CSU as well as the musical director of Choral Arts Cleveland. He has been a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and the Cleveland Chamber Choir and was previously on the faculty of Appalachian State University.

Victor Liva is an associate professor at CSU as well as coordinator of string studies and conductor of orchestras. Liva has conducted various youth, college, and professional orchestras and held the position of director of orchestras at Northern Arizona University from 1999-2003. He has been the music director of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra since 2007.

Choral Arts Cleveland was founded in 1975 and is committed to the promotion and performance of choral masterworks of all styles and periods. These have included folk songs, spirituals, full-scale pieces and the Ohio premiere of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio at the Palace Theater. The organization is also dedicated to supporting musical and artistic development in Northeast Ohio and has partnered with numerous organization to promote music education in all its forms.