30. August 2020 - 15:30 till 18:30
The Concourse Chatswood, Sydney
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Kuringgai Philharmonic Orchestra Verdi Requiem - The Concourse | Sunday, 30. August 2020

The Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting Giuseppe Verdi’s magnificent Messa da Requiem in the elegant and acoustically superb concert hall of The Concourse, Chatswood. The KPO continues to grow and impress audiences with its performances ranging from schools concerts, community concerts, the highly respected NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition, and polished performances at The Concourse with some of Australia’s finest soloists.

Verdi’s Requiem had its origins in 1868 as a memorial project for one of the other great masters of Italian opera, Gioachino Rossini. That venture, involving thirteen composers, never eventuated, but when Verdi decided in 1874 to commemorate the death of the poet, Alessandro Manzoni, with a Requiem Mass, he used some of his music from the Rossini project. Manzoni had been a highly influential figure in the risorgimento, the movement that led to the unification of Italy, with Rome as its capital, in 1871. Hans von Bülow, disparagingly described the Requiem as an opera in church vestments, only to repent years later with a fulsome apology to Verdi. Brahms, however, never had any doubts, arguing that only a genius could have written such a work.

Drawing upon all his dramatic and theatrical experience, Verdi explores the depths of the human soul through superb command of orchestration, and sublime vocal writing for the four soloists and choir set to the Latin text of the Requiem Mass. The KPO, conducted by Paul Terracini, will be joined in this concert by stellar soloists from Opera Australia, and the Willoughby Symphony Choir.