April 14, 2006

Catholic Choir of Indianapolis to present
free Mozart anniversary concert

To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadues Mozart, the Catholic Choir of Indianapolis will perform some of Mozart’s finest music at its 13th Journey Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at St. Pius X Parish, 7200 Sarto Drive, Indianapolis. A reception will follow.

Mozart (1756-91) is among the most significant and enduringly popular composers of European classical music, concert organizers said. His works are widely acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, chamber, piano, operatic and choral music. Many of his works are part of the standard concert repertory and are widely recognized as masterpieces of the classical style.

The Catholic Choir of Indianapolis was incorporated in 1997 as a not-for-profit organization. The all-volunteer, unpaid choir members are from Indianapolis-area parishes.

The group is dedicated to the preservation of sacred classical music with a repertoire in excess of 500 pieces. They sing in Latin, Italian, French, Spanish, German and English. Any donations collected at performances are earmarked for the paid professional choir director and accompanist.

Carolina Gamboa-Hoyos, who is pursuing a doctor of music degree at Indiana University, will serve as artistic director for this performance. A native of Bogota, Columbia, she has extensive experience with choirs and operatic productions, and in teaching and conducting.

Wayne Lundberg, who will serve as principal accompanist in both organ and piano, is the music director at East 91st St. Christian Church in Indianapolis. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Symphonic Choir, and recorded a 21-track CD titled “Reflections in Praise.”

(Admission to the concert is free, but donations are appreciated. New choir members are welcome. The choir is available for funerals, weddings, Masses, festivals and concerts. For information, call 317-255-6486 or 317-849-7684.)

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