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Chicago Master Singers University launches seminar series with "The Scandal and Intrigue Surrounding Mozart's Requiem"

Mozart died before the Requiem was complete and took many answers to the grave with him. Did he die of natural causes or was his death the result of a curse? Who completed the work as we know it? These are just some of the intriguing questions that Music Director John Hughes will explore in CMS University’s debut seminar on “The Scandal and Intrigue Surrounding Mozart’s Requiem.” This is the first in a series of free weekly seminars that will be presented live on YouTube beginning this coming Monday at 7:00 pm.
            The second seminar in the series, at 7:00 pm on Monday, August 31, will delve into the Requiem genre and how it was changed by Mozart’s unfinished masterpiece. In “The Requiem Genre Before and After Mozart,” Dr. Hughes will provide a survey of six other Requiem settings, ranging from  the fifteenth century through one composed in 2016. Well-loved settings by Fauré and Brahms will be covered, as well as lesser-known compositions.
            The weekly seminars that begin this coming Monday will continue through November, featuring a fascinating lineup of musical topics led by CMS Music Director John Hughes. The complete seminar schedule is shown below. Register for as many as you like. There is no charge, but donations are always gratefully accepted.
            The seminars will be streamed live starting at 7:00 pm Central time every Monday (with one exception: Tuesday, September 8). Attending the live event lets you ask questions and participate more fully. But if you miss the live event, you can access the recording later on YouTube.
            Although there is no charge, registration is necessary so that you will receive a link to each event. You may find it helpful to see Dr. Hughes’s quick overview of the registration process first, at How to Register. If you experience any difficulty in registering, please contact us at We will be happy to help you.
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            We look forward to seeing you soon at CMS University!
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 All sessions are held via YouTube live-stream at 7:00 pm Central time.
August 24 The Scandal and Intrigue Surrounding Mozart’s Requiem
August 31 The Requiem Genre Before and After Mozart
September 8 (Tuesday) Musicianship: Melody
September 14 Musicianship: Rhythm
September 21 Musicianship: Harmony
September 28 Intonation in Choral Ensembles
October 5 Interview with Composer Elaine Hagenberg
October 12 Vocal Health and Warm-Ups
October 19 Auditioning Confidently
October 26 Gregorian Chant
November 2 Poetry and Text Setting
November 9 Conductors’ Silent Processes
November 16 Little-Known Unaccompanied Gems
November 23 Little-Known Accompanied Gems
November 30 Interview with Composer Philip Stopford
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077

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