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MW6

Verdi’s Requiem


April 16, 2016  •  8:00 pm

@ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Daniel Meyer, conductor
Asheville Symphony Chorus

Martinu Memorial to Lidice
Verdi Messa da Requiem

In April we commemorate the ways in which music, in the face of tragedy, can soothe the soul and uplift the spirit.  Verdi’s Requiem, based on the Latin text from the Requiem Mass, is replete with the qualities you expect from Italy’s most celebrated composer –  soaring, memorable melodies, bone-crushing sonics, and an indelibly Romantic spirit.  The voices of the Asheville Symphony Chorus will join forces with a solo quartet of rising operatic stars as we present this masterwork in its full splendor. We will precede Verdi’s masterpiece with a heartbreaking work by Czech composer Martinů: Memorial to Lidice.  Upon hearing of the massacre of every man in tiny Lidice at the hand of the Nazis in World War II, Martinů penned this touching piece as an elegy to the souls who lost their lives in this brutal event.

Literary Season Suggested Reading: Music in Terezin by Joža Karas

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