A Choral Celebration: Faure’s Requiem
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 3:00 P.M.
Joining us onstage will be the Fort Dodge Choral Society and the Fort Dodge High School Choir in a celebration of vocal masterpieces. Together we will present Faure’s stunning Requiem along with Vivaldi’s Gloria and selections from Mozart’s Requiem. Equally revered for their vocal writing, this concert will also include Verdi’s Overture to Nabucco and Wagner’s Funeral Music from Siegfried. Soloists for the concert will be Rachel Corpus, soprano and Edward Corpus, baritone.
Overture to Nabucco
Allegro from Gloria
Dies Irae and Lacrymosa from Requiem
Funeral Music from Siegfried
Admission is by season membership or tickets at the door ($10.00 Adults).
Be sure to register for the CD drawing which will be held after the intermission.
About the Soloists
EDWARD CORPUS, Bass
Edward Corpus, bass, hails from Elgin, Illinois. He attended Illinois State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, respectively. Mr. Corpus also completed coursework for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Iowa. He is a three-time consecutive winner of the N.A.T.S. vocal competition and a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Audition. Mr. Corpus’ operatic performances include Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Zuniga in Carmen and Colline in La Bohème with Opera Quad Cities, William Jennings Bryan in he Ballad of Baby Doe with Peoria’s Opera Illinois, the Modern Major-General in Pirates of Penzance with Cedar Rapids Opera, Escamillo in Carmen with the University of Iowa Opera Theater, and Zuniga in Carmen with Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Other operatic roles include the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro; Dr. Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’amore; Orgon in Tartuffe; Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors; and Count Carl-Magnus in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Mr. Corpus’ oratorio repertoire includes Fauré’s Requiem, Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, Mozart’s Requiem, and C Minor Mass most recently performed with the Drake University Symphony Orchestra and choirs at Des Moines’ Civic Center, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, most recently performed with The Chicago Baroque Band, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, most recently performed with the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra and the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Corpus is also featured on the CD of Daron Hagen’s opera, Bandanna, on Arabesque Records. A diverse performer and stage actor, Mr. Corpus has ventured into musical theatre, performing the role of Emile de Becque in South Pacific with the Des Moines Playhouse in September 2014, which received critical acclaim, likening his “broadway caliber” performance to that of Ezio Pinza and Robert Goulet. This same role also garnered him the 2015 Dionysos Award for Oustanding Performnce by an Actor in a Mainstage Musical. In June 2015 he returned to the Playhouse to portray the role of comic patriarch Gomez Addams in The Addams Family Musical by Andrew Lippa.Professor Corpus has held teaching appointments at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. He is also a regular adjudicator for the Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair. Currently, he serves on the voice faculty at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he teaches music majors and musical theatre majors. Professor Corpus is also the owner of Edward Corpus Studios, a private music studio, which offers Professional Voice Instruction for All Ages. Please visit www.edwardcorpus.com for more information. He lives in West Des Moines, Iowa with his wife Rachel and three children, Olivia, Samuel, and Felix.
RACHEL CORPUS, Soprano
Rachel Corpus is a singer and actress who has been on stage since the age of 4. Her performance credits include Mabel in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Cherubino in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Gianetta in Donizetti’s Elixir of Love, Emily in Barab’s Fortunes Favorites, Anne Egerman in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Laurie in Oklahoma, Nancy in Oliver, Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and Liesel in the Sound of Music. Mrs. Corpus has had several orchestral engagements with the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, the Mt. Sinsinawa Choir, the Southeastern Iowa Symohony Orchestra, and at the University of Iowa and Indian Hills Community College. Some of Rachel’s directing credits include Treasure Island, Grease,The Wiz, Cinderella, Nottingham High, Geppetto and Son, Phantom of the Opera and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oklahoma, Oliver, and her own work, The Last Hours of Christ. Mrs. Corpus taught choral music in the public school system for 7 years and private voice for 9 years. Rachel is the Director of Child and Family Ministries at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Des Moines. She lives in West Des Moines with her husband, Edward Corpus, and three children, Olivia, Sam and Felix.