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Scholarship Concert: FIU Symphony Orchestra Concert & Choirs

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Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 7:30pm

WPAC - Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Concert Hall
10910 SW 17th St., Miami, FL 33199

Wertheim School of Music & Performing Arts Scholarship Concert
FIU Symphony Orchestra
Javier José Mendoza, Conductor
Jessica Papi, Assistant Conductor
With guests:
FIU Choirs, Dr. Erynn Millard and Professor Maibel Troia 
Encatus Voices, Maibel Troia Director


In their final performance of the 2021 - 2022 season, the FIU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Javier Jose Mendoza, joins forces with the combined choirs of FIU and Encantus Voices to celebrate our return to live performances with this scholarship concert! Works by Maurice Ravel, Edward Edgar, G.B. Martini, and Morten Lauridsen.

The 2022 Scholarship Concert is presented in dedication to our lost friends and family during the COVID-19 pandemic. The central work of this program is Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, meaning "Eternal Light" in English. This work was commissioned by Paul Salamunovich and the Los Angeles Master Chorale in the 1990s. It has been nominated twice for a Grammy award.

Lauridsen chose to set Latin next that references light and enlightenment. The result is a sort of optimistic requiem that focuses not on judgement, but light. Lauridsen has called the work a meditation on light. Indeed, enlightenment can refer to many things including, spiritual enlightenment and intellectual enlightenment. Many universities use a torch to symbolize this in their seals. We hope that you will enjoy this medication dedicated to our loved ones.

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