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“A Mother’s Sorrow”: David Klement conducts a spring choral concert

Leora Zeitlin

The “Stabat Mater” is an ancient text that has been set to music numerous times across the centuries, including by the brilliant 20th-century composer Francis Poulenc, who wrote it after a mid-life religious awakening. David Klement, conductor of NMSU’s University Singers and Masterworks Chorus came to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about this massive and beautiful work by Poulenc, who has long been one of his favorite composers. Klement paired the piece with the Mass in A-flat by Franz Schubert for two spring choral concerts, entitled “A Mother’s Sorrow,” taking place this weekend. Recorded on April 24, 2014.