I made a New Year's resolution to get back into singing, even if it was just for one concert or event. So when I heard Stow Symphony Orchestra director Darrell Lee Music announce at the symphony's March concert that singers were needed for the May performance of Mozart's "Requiem," I decided to go for it.

I have done some singing in the past but it has been a long time since I've participated in anything of this magnitude. This wonderful work has an interesting history. This was the last piece Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed, and he wasn't able to finish it at the time of his death in 1791. It was completed by Mozart's student Franz Xavier Sssmayer.

It didn't take long into my first rehearsal to realize how rusty I was when it came to music. One thing I really enjoyed about the rehearsals was not just going over the notes and tempos, but going into what key the section was in and other music theory matters. Of course I was frequently cringing because this was material I recall studying -- even acing -- during my undergrad years at Kent, many (many) years ago but have since forgotten. It's true the maxim -- if you don't use it, you lose it. I did enjoy this opportunity to challenge myself with "Requiem," and to knock off some of the rust.

The concert itself will be May 31 at Stow-Munroe Falls High School, starting at 7:30 p.m. Mozart's "Requiem" is not the only piece that will be performed; the orchestra also will play Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in f minor.

Tickets for the concert, available at the door, are $10 for adults, and $7 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are free.

Tickets are available for pre-sale at www.StowOrchestra.org/tickets.htm, or by calling 330-678-0029, or in limited numbers at the door. For group rates call 330-678-0029. For more information visit www.stoworchestra.org online.

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