First Congregational Church to host Fauré’s Requiem for Mozart Festival

On Sunday, March 25 at 3pm in its 1914 historical landmark church, the Board of Cultural Arts of the First Congregational Church of Long Beach, in affiliation with the Long Beach Mozart Festival, will present Gabriel Fauré ’s Requiem performed by the First Congregational Church Choir under the direction of Curtis Heard. It will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra and Dr. Marc Dickey on the 70-rank Möller pipe organ. In addition, three Mozart Festival finalists will perform.
Pianist Quenna Nguyen, who at age 6 has already won several piano competitions including first place in a Mozart piano competition, will play Chopin’s Waltz in A Minor and Waltz in D flat Major.
Pianist Audrey Jaehee Yim is 16 years old and won first place in the Mozart Festival Concerto Competition as well as first place in the West Covina Symphony Young Arts Concerto Competition and the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, which led to her debut performance at Carnegie Hall at age 11. She will play the Second and Fourth Movements of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 11.
Soprano Alyssa Wills, a student at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, won first place in the Opera 100 Competition and second place in the Mozart Festival Vocal Competition. She will be performing works by Strauss, Puccini, Britten and Mozart.
This is a public event open to the community. There will be no admission charge but a free will offering will be taken with a $15 suggested donation.

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