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Requiem for the Innocent premiers with South Bend Symphony Orchestra

Composer Jorge MuñizComposer Jorge Muñiz

The South Bend Symphony Orchestra will present the world premiere of Requiem for the Innocent, by Assistant Professor of Music Jorge Muñiz on Saturday, October 2.  This is one of the feature collaborations in the school’s 20th anniversary celebration this year.  The piece will anchor the opening concert of the symphony’s season and will include guest baritone Ivan Griffin, the South Bend Symphonic Choir, Indiana University South Bend Chorale, South Bend Chamber Singers, Singers from the Notre Dame Glee Club and Shout for Joy Children’s Choir. 

Muñiz wrote this piece for the victims of terrorism by working with texts from the largest monotheistic religions.  About the piece, Muñiz says, “… this work is about belief, a common quality of mankind throughout history.  It is a prayer of our society for the salvation and eternal rest of all the victims of terrorist acts...”.  The work joins texts in Arabic, English, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and Spanish through the oratorio in a display of unity.  Muñiz said, “It is for me an honor to provide the music for the opening of the 2010-11 season of the South Bend Symphony, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, as well as the 45th anniversary of the music program at Indiana University South Bend.  I hope that it can bring together the diverse communities in Northern Indiana in a celebration of life.”

Requiem for the Innocent was partially supported by Indiana University’s New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Program, funded by the Office of the President and administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, a faculty research grant by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Indiana University South Bend, and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.

The concert is at 8 pm on Saturday, October 2 at the Morris Performing Arts Center in downtown South Bend. The concert is sponsored by the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University South Bend.  IU South Bend employees receive a 50% discount on ticket prices.  For more information visit www.morriscenter.org or www.southbendsymphony.org, or call 574-235-9190.