Sunshine Coast Choral Society is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2019, and is excited to present a gala concert of this most popular music. Such a beautiful and powerful composition requires many voices and so the SCCS has invited Noosa Chorale to sing with us. It is also their 25th Anniversary! What a wonderful wealth of choral singers we have here on the Sunshine Coast. We will be accompanied by a large orchestra of musicians and guest soloists. The combination of these elements will provide a very mesmerising and memorable celebration of beautiful music for you to enjoy.
The Messa da Requiem is a musical setting of the Catholic funeral mass (Requiem) for four soloists, double choir and orchestra by Giuseppe Verdi. It was composed in memory of Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian poet and novelist whom Verdi admired. The first performance, at the San Marco church in Milan on 22 May 1874, marked the first anniversary of Manzoni’s death and was conducted by Verdi himself and included 4 soloists. The work was at one time called the Manzoni Requiem. It is rarely performed in liturgy, but rather in concert form of around 85–90 minutes in length. It has been suggested that it is ‘probably the most frequently performed major choral work composed since the compilation of Mozart’s Requiem‘.
The playwright and music critic George Bernard Shaw was a great admirer of the work from its first London performance, and had the Libera me played at his funeral.
Throughout the work, Verdi uses vigorous rhythms, sublime melodies, and dramatic contrasts to express the powerful emotions engendered by the text. Verdi traverses many moods throughout this famous composition, starting with the famous Dies Irae, through to ending with the Libera me, where the soprano cries out, begging, “Deliver me, Lord, from eternal death … when you will come to judge the world by fire.”
We will be performing this wonderful concert at Venue 114 (formerly known as Lake Kawana Community hall), Bokarina at 2pm on Sunday 2nd June 2019. It will be an event not to be missed, as it is not frequently performed here on the Sunshine Coast due to the large number of choristers and musicians required. Please keep your eye on our website http:suncoastchoral.org.au and Facebook page and local publications for updates about this event.
Bookings can be made through Venue 114’s web site. For more information please click here.