The chorus now performs three programs a year, with members contributing funds to keep the group alive. On March 19, Langsdorf and company will make another stop at one of their favorite venues, performing Mozart's "Requiem" at St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church in Huntington Beach.
Langsdorf said the 35-member chorus had performed at St. Wilfrid increasingly in recent years and had three shows scheduled there for the current season.
"The acoustics are marvelous," she said. "The space is beautiful, and the parish is very welcoming."
The chorus will also perform the piece at 3 p.m. March 20 at Newport Harbor Lutheran Church, 798 Dover Drive, Newport Beach. Both performances will begin with a lecture by Mozart expert Kristi Brown-Montesano, which will start at 6:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively.
The St. Wilfrid show marks the chorus' first performance of "Requiem," which was unfinished at the time of Mozart's death and completed by others. Artistic Director Eliza Rubenstein said it may also be the chorus' first attempt at Mozart, whom she called a particularly challenging composer.
"Performing Mozart requires a degree of rhythmic clarity that takes a lot of practice and a lot of experience," she said. "In a lot of the Romantic masterworks, you can cover up little details if you need to. It's a little easier to conceal flaws here and there. But Mozart has to be clean first, and then it can be beautiful and passionate."
In performing the piece, the chorus will get an assist from a 23-piece orchestra — and, yes, 23 male singers, mainly husbands, brothers and other friends of the women.
"You can't do the Mozart 'Requiem' without tenors and basses," Langsdorf said.
If You Go
What: "Requiem" with the Orange County Women's Chorus
Where: St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church, 18631 Chapel Lane, Huntington Beach
When: 7 p.m. March 19; lecture by Kristi Brown-Montesano at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors
Information: (714) 962-7512 or http://www.ocwomenschorus.orghttp://www.ocwomenschorus.org