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Richmond Orchestra and Chorus presents Amadeus: Mozart’s Final Year

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:59 PDT, Tue October 22, 2019

Last Updated: 2:29 PST, Tue November 12, 2019

Think of the word classical and it doesn’t get much better than this.

Richmond Orchestra and Chorus Association, under the direction of Brigid Coult and James Malmberg, opens its 34th season Nov. 2 with a concert featuring some of the most wonderful music from the last year of the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

If you remember the movie Amadeus, you will remember the richness of that year—the opera The Magic Flute, the Clarinet Concerto, and the piece the composer was still working on when he died: the Requiem Mass. 

Joined by local soloists, next month’s concert offers an evening of music that will move your soul.  

The soprano and alto, Natasha Neufeld and Fabiana Katz, are the past and current directors of the women’s choir, Richmond Singers. Tenor Eric Schwarzhoff and bass Paul Nash both sing with Vancouver Chamber Choir. The soloist in the Clarinet Concerto is Stephen Robb, artistic director of Delta Community Music School and principal conductor of the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra.

The performance of the Requiem is also a tribute to long-term singing member Glenda Johnson, who passed away last spring. Glenda sang with the Singers as well as the Chorus, and was ROCA’s librarian as well as being active in volunteering in the community.  

The Amadeus: Mozart’s Final Year concert on Nov. 2 will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Fraserview MB Church, 11295 Mellis Drive.

Tickets are available with advance booking through or by contacting the ROCA office at 604-276-2747.

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