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.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
10 Orchard Street, Middletown, NY
Sunday, September 28, 2014
SUGAR LOAF PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
1351 King’s Highway, Sugar Loaf, NY
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 4:00
SECOND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
6 West 96th Street, New York, NY
Leilah Dione Ezra, soprano
Korin Kormick, dramatic soprano
Adam Cromer, tenor
Andrew Martens, bass
The Hudson Opera Theatre Chorus and Orchestra
Conducted by Ron De Fesi
THIS IS A FREE CONCERT
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.