Artists in Action: March holds the promise of diverse entertainment
by Hervey Folsom
Special to The Star
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Dianna Michaels, Lana Hurst and Pati Tiller participate in the Junior League murder mystery dinner. Photo: Special to The Star
Dianna Michaels, Lana Hurst and Pati Tiller participate in the Junior League murder mystery dinner. Photo: Special to The Star
Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ today

This afternoon at 3, Mozart’s “Requiem” will be performed by the JSU A Cappella Choir and the Calhoun County Civic Chorale at First United Methodist Church in Anniston.

The choirs, directed by Dr. Patricia Corbin, will be accompanied by an orchestra of JSU students and faculty and professional string players from the Birmingham area. The program will also feature student soloists Christina Booker, Meg Griffin, Kaylon Gilley and David Lawshe.

Mozart wrote passionate music, and “Requiem,” a mass for the dead, bears his emotional stamp. With its balance of gusto and devotion, it is his best-known work, according to “Classical Repertoire” by Jim Svejda.

The composer is said to have thought about his death while writing the piece, which he was commissioned to compose in secret during his final illness. He died before its completion, but Mozart’s wife Constanze asked a student of his, Franz Xaver Sussmayr, to finish the work. Sussmayr’s version will be performed today.

There is a famous trombone solo in the “Tuba Miram” movement that will be played today by Jordan Williams.

“Jordan is especially excited about the opportunity to play this in a concert setting in its original context,” Corbin said, adding that normally the solo is part of a group of standard orchestral excerpts that trombone students study as part of their private lessons.

“I think our ‘Requiem’ is particularly timely,” she continued. “Much of the text deals with forgiveness and mercy, especially significant to those observing the season of Lent.”

Ticket prices are $6 for general admission and $3 for JSU students and area students (with IDs). The JSU student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association will be hosting a canned food drive to benefit Community Enabler. Audience members who bring a canned food donation will receive $1 off of their ticket price.

Stedham’s “Murder by the Book” calls for sleuths

Another murder plot has been brewing in Mike Stedham’s mind, and the result is “Murder by the Book” to be presented March 22 and 23 at the Anniston Country Club as a Junior League fundraiser.

Tickets are $50 each and are being sold now at Farmers & Merchants Bank, Tyson’s Fine Wines and Things and the Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are also available from members of the Junior League of Anniston/Calhoun County or online at

The “murder” takes place in a beautifully restored bed and breakfast in a small Southern town where some colorful and complex characters have gathered for a writers’ conference. As is usually the case in Stedham’s plots, one of these colorful characters is murdered. The guilty party could be anyone on stage and, as usual, it’s the one you’d least expect. Tables will compete to figure out “whodunit,” and a prize will go to the winning table.

Cocktails and silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the play at 7. Tickets include dinner and one alcoholic beverage. Seating is limited. Buying tickets now is highly encouraged. Bringing cash to buy clues and photos is also advised. For information about buying corporate tables, contact Maryann Gendron at 256-835-1188.
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