The Chorale finishes the season with a bang by performing this big choral piece with the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and guest soloists under the direction of J. Ernest Green. You’ve heard parts of the Verdi Requiem, most recently this Super Bowl ad, so now hear the whole thing – from the wall-shaking Dies Irae to the sublime tones of the Pleni sunt coeli. A unique setting of the Roman Catholic funeral mass, this Requiem has a double chorus and four soloists. It is big, loud and magnificent.
The April 20 Casual Friday event at 7:30 p.m. is an informal musical conversation between Mr. Green, the singers and the audience. Mr. Green will take the audience inside the piece, explaining why it’s called the greatest opera Verdi ever wrote, delving into why it’s so demanding on singers and soloists and examining at its structure. Casual Friday also includes a post-performance question-and-answer session with guest artists. Saturday, April 21, features a more formal 8 p.m. performance that begins with a pre-concert talk by Mr. Green at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
Verdi (1813-1901) was one of the most influential composers of the 19th century. Chiefly known as a composer of operas, his Requiem is also one of the choral canon’s finest works. Read more about the Requiem.