The University of New Mexico University Chorus, Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra present the world premiere of Rene Clausen's "Requiem" on Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Popejoy Hall on the UNM campus. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors/UNM faculty & staff and $6 for students and are available at all UNM ticket outlets and at

Clausen, conductor of the internationally-famous Concordia Choir of Moorhead, Minn., conducts the premiere. A frequent guest conductor, Clausen is also equally well-known as a composer, with thousands of performances of his music happening every year in this country and abroad.

His new "Requiem" is a setting of the traditional Roman Catholic Mass and is divided into nine movements. In all, the piece is about an hour long. It is written for a large chorus and orchestra, as well as soprano, tenor and baritone soloists. Soloists for the premiere are UNM faculty Leslie Umphrey, soprano; Sam Shepperson, tenor; and Bradley Ellingboe, bass-baritone.

The piece was commissioned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of choral singing at the University of New Mexico.

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Parking shuttle busses will be running.