Boston Landmarks Orchestra, One City Choir, Back Bay Chorale, and a quartet of soloists combine forces in Verdi’s monumental Requiem, a work Hans von Bülow described as “opera in church vestments.” The music opens in hushed, prayerful tones, and closes with an impassioned plea for salvation. In its most famous “scene,” trumpets surround the audience as if on Judgment Day. It is a representation to rival Michelangelo’s.
Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor
One City Choir
Back Bay Chorale, Scott Allen Jarrett, Music Director
Meredith Hansen, soprano
Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano
Yeghishe Manucharyan, tenor
Nathan Stark, bass-baritone
This performance is dedicated to the memory of Robert Honeysucker (1943-2017). His sonorous voice and expressive musicianship graced our stage many times, including our 2008 performance of the Verdi Requiem at the Hatch Shell, and our memorable Beethoven’s 9th at Fenway Park. He was not only one of America’s finest baritones, but he was a true friend of Boston Landmarks Orchestra from our very beginning, and he is truly missed.
Rain Date: Thursday, August 2. If it rains on August 2 as well, the concert will be held at First Church Cambridge (11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138).