With soaring moments of joy and dramatic fanfare, Verdi’s Requiem is one of the most treasured choral works of all time. In a special artistic collaboration, the orchestra will join forces with four celebrated soloists and more than 120 voices from The University of Southern Mississippi Chorus for Verdi’s Requiem Mass. A monumental masterpiece of joy, hope and passion.
University of Mississippi and Pensacola Symphony presents Verdi's Requiem
Main Street Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, MS
Guiseppe Verdi’s Requiem remains an unrivaled masterpiece and one of the most treasured choral works of all time. It is truly a work by which all other requiems are measured. The Requiem was composed in 1874 to honor the passing of Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian novelist, poet and patriot whose works helped influence Italian unification. In this epic work, operatic soloists join forces with a massive choir and orchestra to create an exhilarating emotional journey for listeners.
Distinguished by (The New York Times) as “a leader of contemporary American lyricism,” composer Jonathan Leshnoff is renowned for his music’s striking harmonies and powerful themes. Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 4 is a powerful new work written for the Violins of Hope, a collection of restored instruments that survived the Holocaust. The composer draws inspiration from an ancient Jewish mystical text, Heichalos, to explore spiritual and ethical questions at the heart of the Jewish experience.
Beethoven crafted the Ninth Symphony in an epic struggle between despair and transcendence to reach new heights with the words “all men become brothers.” His glorious final symphony celebrates the bonds that unite humankind and has been described as his “great vision of the future.”