Requiem in D minor, K. 626 in Vienna in 1791, the piece remained unfinished when the composer died later that year. Franz Xaver Süssmayr finished the work and delivered it to Count Franz von Walsegg, who might have succeeded in passing the composition off as his own were it not for the many stories spun in society by Mozart's widow Constanze. While we may never know the full truth behind her theories (Mozart received the commission from a mysterious messenger, or he thought it was a requiem for his own funeral), there's no denying the power behind this profoundly moving work with its message of hopefulness and redemption. Mercury presents Mozart's Requiem, using the same instruments from Mozart's time, with guest artists Hannah Celeste Lu (soprano), Sarah Mesko (alto), Aaron Sheehan (tenor) and Stephen Hegedus (bass). Conducted by Antoine Plante and accompanied by members of the Houston Symphony Chorus, the program also includes Funeral Music for Queen Mary, Z.58c & Z. 860. For those looking to dig deeper, there's a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 p.m. where we'll learn more about the mystery behind the final touches for this composition.
8 p.m. May 13. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713-533-0080 or visit mercuryhouston.org. $68.
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