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The 1956 Virginia Glee Club Concerts with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra consisted of three performances over two days in celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Virginia Glee Club (Donald MacInnis conducting during the Glee Club 1955-1956 season) joined glee clubs from all over Virginia in a "chorus of 500 voices"; participating ensembles included the Hollins Chapel Choir and Hollins Choral Club, Arthur S. Talmadge conducting; Lynchburg College Choir, Caleb Cushing conducting; Radford College Choral Club, Jean Bird Einstein conducting; Randolph-Macon Woman's College Glee Club, Henry Halstrom conducting; University of Richmond Glee Club, Mark Troxell conducting; Roanoke College Choir, Francis S. Walters conducting; Sweet Briar Glee Club, Edmund P. Allison conducting; Virginia Tech Glee Club, Mrs. Charles Holland conducting; and the Washington and Lee Glee Club, Robert Stewart conducting. The Roanoke Symphony was conducted by Gibson Morrissey, and soloists included Helen Wood, soprano, Thilde Beuing, contralto, Clyde Hager, tenor, and Caleb Cushing, bass.

There were two concert series. The first, held February 20, 1956, consisted of a Young Persons Concert in the afternoon and a public concert in the evening. The second, held February 21, 1956, consisted of a single evening concert. Both programs featured the Mozart Requiem as the major work, with various works of Mozart and other composers on the first half of each program.

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Program for February 20Edit

Program for February 21Edit

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