Washburn Choir to perform the Verdi Requiem: And You Can Too

Josh Setchel

Ever been to one of the Washburn choir concerts and wondered what it would be like to perform alongside them? Well here’s your chance! On Saturday, April 23 the choir, alongside the Topeka Festival Singers, will be performing the piece the Verdi Requiem under the leadership of Kyle Wiley Pickett and the Topeka Symphony Orchestra in Washburn’s own White Concert Hall and they are very interested in having faculty and staff participate.

The Verdi Requiem is a famous musical piece composed by Giuseppe Verdi and is normally used as a setting for Roman Catholic funeral mass.  Verdi originally composed it in memory of poet Alessandro Manzoni, whom Verdi was a fan of.

If you’re interested in taking part of this massive event, the Washburn choir rehearses Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday in Garvey 143 from 12:00-12:50pm and the Festival Singers will rehearse on Mondays, 8:00-9:00pm, at the First Presbyterian Church in the choir room on the south side of the church.  Full rehearsals, which are required, take place on April 17, 20, and 21 in the evenings.  Both parties are fully prepared to take you up on performing if you so choose, but they need to know now.  Please email Professor Kevin Kellim at [email protected] if you want to join in in this monumental event.