Over the past four months, more than 200 choristers have been working hard to get ready for our spring 2015 concerts — three performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s dynamic Messa da Requiem. Bold, lyrical, inspiring — Verdi’s Requiem is a joy for musicians and audiences alike. In an excerpt from program notes for the upcoming program, BCCO’s Assistant Conductor Eric Choate writes :
While the Requiem is certainly not the most traditional example of the genre, Verdi used his operatic sensibilities to speak straight to the heart: from the quietest, most intimate moments to the terrifying Dies irae; from the heartbreakingly beautiful melody of the Lacrymosa to the sublime Sanctus. The work concludes with the Libera me that he had written for Rossini, recapitulating material from the Dies irae and culminating in an extensive fugue that draws together the energy of the entire work and then, in its release, finally allows for the repose of the soul, ending on the words “Deliver me.”
Help us sing out our 49th year and head into the 50th. Our performances are at the acoustically excellent Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus. For more about the performers and the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra, visit the BCCO website.
As always, all concerts are free to the public — no tickets are needed.