Written in memory of Italian poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni, Veridi’s Messa da Requiem is a deeply religious work and a powerful emotional force. Featuring a full chorus lead by Augustana Professor Jon Hurty, and four exceptional soloists, experience the sweeping grandeur of this reflection on both the terror and hope of the end of life.
This performance in our Beethoven 250 series will take place at The Farquhar at UVic.
Beethoven 250 concludes by displaying his creation from its youthful dawn to climactic conclusion. His first symphony unfolded the beginning of a new era in music, building on the achievements of Haydn and Mozart. Symphony No. 9 remains an unquestioned masterpiece for the ages, perhaps the most famous of the entire classical repertoire, celebrating mankind’s potential through a message of praise, passion and glory.
Beethoven’s profound musical statements about freedom, equality, and humanity resonate even more powerfully today than they did when the Ninth Symphony premiered almost 200 years ago. Oregon Repertory Singers join the orchestra and four soloists for a full-throated celebration of Beethoven’s final masterpiece.
Performing Ada in Die Feen
An otherworldly romance full of fairies, demons and princes, Die Feen brings fantasy and whimsy to the stage. Despite all odds, a mortal prince and a high-ranking fairy begin a romance that causes chaos and suspicion across their different worlds. The score and libretto elucidates the promise of Wagner’s future compositions, showing signs of what would later become his signature sound.
Feel the power of hundreds of local choral voices coming together with the National Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony led by conductor Thomas Wilkins. This open-air concert will feature four soloist singers from Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, who will be coached before the performance by superstar soprano Renée Fleming. Stanley J. Thurston will lead the 300-voice chorus, anchored by The Heritage Signature Chorale.
Singing the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos
Combining slapstick comedy and beautiful music in a competition of “high” and “low” art, Ariadne auf Naxos is a cock-eyed tale about art, love, and infidelity. A wealthy patron commissions two pieces of entertainment for a party—an opera based on the Ariadne myth and a comedy by a song and dance troupe. Shortly before the performances are to begin, he orders that they be performed simultaneously in order for a fireworks display to begin on time. What follows is a class war in Strauss’ brilliant opera based on a Molière comedy.
The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program presents one lively night of comic chaos, featuring works from beloved operatic comedies. Accompanied by the WNO Orchestra, the Young Artists will perform the complete first act and closing fugue of Giuseppe Verdi’s final masterpiece Falstaff, as well as other ensembles from the world’s most witty and comical operas.
The DCYAP returns to the exquisite Great Hall of the Kreeger Museum, with its unique collection of impressionist, expressionist, and cubist masterpieces. These recitals are very special opportunities to hear the members of our studio ‘up close and personal’ while learning more about art and music in exquisite surroundings. Music of Milhaud, Mussorgsky, Marx, Beethoven, Strauss, and others will illuminate the Kreeger’s permanent collection.