2. Who commissioned French composer Berlioz to compose this piece in honor of the slain heroes of the Revolution of 1830?
3. The Berlioz Requiem is known as an epic piece. How many singers did Berlioz originally want singing in the chorus?
*** Berlioz wanted 800 singers performing, but would settle for a minimum of 200 singers. When the piece premiered in 1837, it was sung by 400 vocalists. Tonight we have around 200 singers from the NatPhil Chorale & Baltimore Choral Arts.
4. The Berlioz Requiem also has a huge orchestra. There are four brass choirs surrounding the orchestra & chorus. How big is the orchestra?
5. Tonight we celebrate the retirement of National Philharmonic Chorale’s Artistic Director Dr. Stan Engebretson with this epic performance. How many years has Stan been with NatPhil?
6. What did Stan do when the power went out during a performance?
7. Is Stan a dog or cat person?
8. NatPhil has huge concerts each year for the 2nd graders in Montgomery County Public Schools. Which instrument did Stan play for the 1812 Overture?
9. What piece has Stan conducted the most during his time with NatPhil?
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