Press Release #10-057
The St. Mary's College of Maryland Choir, Chamber Singers, and Orchestra, under the baton of Provost and Choral Director Larry Vote, will weave together the rich emotions of Verdi's Requiem at a concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 11, 2010, at the college's Michael P. O'Brien Athletics and Recreation Center. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 240-895-4498.
The requiem, which runs from loss and sorrow to forgiveness, hope and joy, was first performed in 1874 to mark the death of an Italian poet Giuseppe Verdi admired.
St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.
More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2009 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Co-ed champions.