The Carmel Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Bowden, joined by the Anderson University Choral Ensembles, directed by Rick Sowers, will present Verdi’s “Requiem” November 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palladium, with a pre-concert conversation, “Music Matters,” at 6:45 p.m.
“The Manzoni Requiem of Verdi is a work of extraordinary passion and power. From the whispered opening to the overwhelming cries of the ‘Dies Irae,’ the work is enormously exciting,” said David Bowden, CSO Artistic Director. “The concert will feature former star of the Metropolitan Opera stage, Timothy Noble, joined by world-class soloists Rachel Holland, Edward Atkinson, and Jane Dutton along with one of the great choruses in the country located just up the road from Carmel. This performance, which will be my last with the Carmel Symphony, promises to be exhilarating and truly memorable.”
Intensely dramatic in nature, Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem stands as the great opera composer’s musical examination of the meaning of life and death. While Verdi is best known for his operas like “Rigoletto,” “La Traviata,” “Don Carlos” and “Falstaff,” in 1874 he wrote “Requiem” (a prayer of the living for the dead) as a tribute honoring two Italian national heroes — the opera composer Gioachino Rossini and the novelist and political figure Alessandro Manzoni. Within the choral masterpiece, the score carries the audience through faith, doubt, heaven and hell in music of overwhelming beauty and thrilling suspense. Perhaps the most powerful and recognizable is the “Dies Irae” (“Day of Judgment”) which more pop-culture audience may have heard as the backdrop to “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” “Django Unchained” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Ticket-holders are invited to the free pre-concert presentation, Music Matters, at 6:45 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes conversation about the music of the evening.
Flex and Family subscriptions are available via the CSO office at 317.844.9717. Single tickets can be purchased by visiting TheCenterPresents.org or by calling the Center’s Box Office at 317.843.3800. Discounts for students are also available: the $5 YouthPASS for High School and younger, and the $10 CollegePASS for College students. For more information, visit CarmelSymphony.org.