The sacred music of the 19th century culminated in this magnificent, moving setting of the Roman Catholic Mass of the Dead. Adored by the vast majority of people at the time, the piece was criticized by a few skeptical critics who contested that Verdi’s Requiem was too operatic, “...an opera in clerical garb,” as one of them said. But Verdi was a man of great spirituality, if not devotion, and his ability to capture the essence of the text in his music, learned from years of setting opera, raises the tone of this work from the mere theatrical to the sublimely awe-inspiring. It is a work which truly allows us glimpse, in our own frail human way, the majesty, the power and the benevolence of God.

 

September 21, 2014 at 4:00

UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

25 Orchard Street, Middletown, NY

 

with soloists

Leilah Dione Ezra, soprano

Korin Kormick, soprano

Adam Cromer, tenor

Steven Fredericks, bass

 

September 28, 2014

SUGAR LOAF PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

1357 Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf, NY

 

with soloists

Leilah Dione Ezra, soprano

Korin Kormick, soprano

Adam Cromer, tenor

Andrew Martens, bass

 

March 29, 2015 at 4:00

SECOND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

6 West 96th Street, New York, NY

 

with soloists

Leilah Dione Ezra, soprano

Korin Kormick, dramatic soprano

Adam Cromer, tenor

Steven Fredericks, bass

 

The Hudson Opera Theatre

Chorus and Orchestra

Conducted by Ron De Fesi

 

Click HERE for some background on the Requiem

 

Click HERE to read a review of this production.

 

Click HERE to see the program for these performances.

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