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Fasten your seatbelts for the journey of a lifetime with Noosa Chorale and the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra
Noosa on 10 September at 4pm - Bicentennial Hall
Brisbane 16 September at 7.30pm - St John's Cathedral
Verdi's Requiem is a dramatic operatic work which enthrals and shocks audiences.
Verdi had a passionate love of life and saw death as terrible human tragedy. Verdi also had the gift of getting through to ordinary people. He regarded himself as a man of simplicity and his ambition was to entertain the masses not the elite.
Verdi wrote his operas and his Requiem at a time of fervent nationalism for Italy but also a time of upheaval, uncertainty, oppression and humiliation. His works enabled Italians to express their anguish, their belief in themselves and their new found nationalism.
The Verdi Requiem was a huge success when it was first performed. Never before had a Requiem Mass been so popular or greeted with such emotion and excitement. It was dramatic, operatic and touched the emotions of people in the street. It continues to astound and move audiences to this day.
Verdi's Requiem is also a musical and theatrical masterpiece. In the words of Groves Dictionary
'From the purely artistic and musical points of view the Requiem is certainly Verdi's greatest work to this date and an astounding manifestation of that continual progress and inner development that led him from 'Oberto' to 'Ottello' and 'Falstaff'. Here the technical mastery is absolute in the handling of the soloists and the chorus and in the orchestration, which has, when required, tremendous power and emphasis, and yet at other times a limpid quality comparable only with that of Mozart. The stream of melodic invention is unfailing and of the highest quality.'
Verdi' Requiem has special memories for Noosa Chorale members, who last performed it in 2001 to celebrate the centenary of Verdi death in 1901. The Italian consul attended a sold out performance, which was greeted with a standing ovation in the Bicentennial Hall.
The Music Director of Noosa Chorale, Leonard Spira, is looking forward to bringing the power and operatic quality of this requiem to Noosa and Brisbane audiences.
Soloists for both performances will be soprano, Jacqueline Mabardi, mezzo Jane Evelyn, tenor Glenn Lorrimer and bass, Bill Cronk.
Tickets to the Noosa performance at 4pm on Sunday 10 September in the Bicentennial Hall are concession priced at $25. Contact for tickets is Marie Black on 5471 0832. From 16 August tickets will also be able to be purchased from Mary Ryan's Bookshop, Hastings St; Written Dimensions Bookshop, Noosa Junction; The River Read, Thomas St Noosaville and Ladybird Flowers and Gifts, The Atrium, Tewantin.
Tickets to the second performance in St John's Cathedral, Brisbane on Saturday night 16 September are $25 with concessions at $20 and are available through 4MBS Ticketing on 3847 1717.