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Symphony's closing concert includes University of Houston's Moores School of Music

By camille m. doty/
April 20, 2011 at noon
Updated April 19, 2011 at 11:20 p.m.

University of Houston's Moores School of Music will be featured as part of the Victoria Symphony Master Series 5, which concludes the symphony season. The event takes place  at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the Victoria Fine Arts Center.

Victoria Symphony will host its closing concert of the 2010-11 season at 8 p.m. April 30, at the Victoria Fine Arts Center.

The symphony will perform "The Verdi Requiem" as a part of the Master Series 5. Combined choruses from the University of Houston's Moores School of Music and four soloists, soprano Lynda McKnight, mezzo-soprano Melanie Sonnenberg, tenor Joseph Evans and bass Timothy Jones, will perform. Betsy Cook Webber and Kelly J. Turner will direct the choirs.

Victoria does not have a local symphony chorus. But, this concert will allow the symphony and choirs to collaborate to perform this work, said Maestro Darryl One.

"This concert is significant because 'The Verdi Requiem' is one of the great choral orchestral masterpieces of our time."

One also added that the requiem is one of the most frequently performed choral works in the repertoire that provides religious significance.

This concert will conclude the orchestra's 37th season.

Prior to the concert, the Victoria Symphony will offer a discussion at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Annex. Concertgoers will be able to talk about Giuseppe Verdi's work. The Italian composer, Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (1813-1901), was a prominent composer of the 19th century. He is known for music from "La Traviata," "Aida," and "MacBeth."

These popular works are said to bring out the height of one's emotions, according to a Victoria Symphony news release. "The Requiem," however, is based on Latin texts of the requiem Mass.

To get the discussion started, the Victoria Symphony poses the question: Is this work a sacred piece, completely different than his other works, an operatic work with religious texts, or a hybrid of both? And depending on these possibilities, how does one go about bringing about an authentic performance?

After the discussion, people will be able to join One and the guest artists for a pre-concert talk. The symphony encourages both music novices and classical devotees to experience the musical illustrations.



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