Colston Hall concert to celebrate the Verdi bicentenary
Bristol Choral Society's 23rd March Colston Hall concert offers two rare treats for enthusiasts of classical, choral or vocal music - Rossini's Stabat Mater and Verdi's Four Sacred Pieces.
The bicentenary of Verdi's birth will be celebrated with a rare performance of his Four Sacred Pieces. Written when Verdi was in his eighties, they are quite extraordinary and wonderfully contrasted works of sustained genius - the culmination of a lifetime's remarkable musical output. They include the unaccompanied Ave Maria, uniquely composed using the 'enigmatic scale', a huge Te Deum for double chorus and orchestra, and a wonderful Stabat Mater (a setting of the story of Mary's suffering during the crucifixion).
Rossini's very different and larger-scale Stabat Mater will also be performed at the same concert. Written by a much more youthful 30-something opera retiree, Rossini's setting is full of beauty, drama and famous highlights, such as the tenor aria cujus animam recorded by such greats as Caruso, Bjoerling and Pavarotti over the years.
The 150-strong choir will be joined by the 70-piece English Symphony Orchestra and an outstanding quartet of soloists who have experience singing with the leading opera companies in the UK and beyond: Camilla Roberts (soprano), Clare Presland (mezzo-soprano), Adrian Dwyer (tenor) & David Soar (bass), all conducted by Adrian Partington.
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Tickets for the 7.30pm Colston Hall concert on Saturday 23rd March (£10-£23, under 25s £5, 10% discount for OAPs) are available from www.bristolchoral.co.uk or from Colston Hall in person or by phone (0117 922 3686)