Verdi Requiem


Messa da Requiem
Giuseppe Verdi

Richardson Auditorium
Friday and Saturday
April 24-25, 2015, 7:30pm

Princeton University Orchestra
Princeton University Glee Club
William Trego Singers

Tiffany Abban, soprano
Katherine Lerner, mezzo-soprano
Anthony Kalil, tenor
Wayne Tigges, bass-baritone

Michael Pratt, conductor
Gabriel Crouch, director

Concert program

Tickets: $15 adults, $5 students

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For the final full performance of the year, and the farewell event for our departing seniors, the Glee Club and Trego Singers will combine with the Princeton University Orchestra on Friday, April 24 at 7:30PM and Saturday, April 25 at 7:30PM at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Conducted by Maestro Michael Pratt, a performing group of more than 200 musicians will perform Giuseppe Verdi’s monumental Messa da Requiem. Joining the ensembles for this performance as soloists are four emerging young artists making an impact on international opera stages: Tiffany Abban, soprano; Katherine Lerner, mezzo-soprano; Anthony Kalil, tenor; and Wayne Tigges, bass-baritone.

Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem has been beloved by audiences and performers since its premiere in Milan in 1874. A setting of the Roman Catholic mass for the dead, the work explores the full range of human emotions in a style as dramatic as any of Verdi’s operas, blending virtuosic arias and ensembles with towering choral movements. Speaking about the program Maestro Pratt says: “There is no more dramatic work in the entire canon of Western music, and no more vivid setting of the Requiem text. Often referred to as ‘Verdi's greatest opera’ the Requiem is a thrilling—and sometime close to terrifying—experience that our students and their audience will long remember.” Gabriel Crouch says: “The Requiem is a riveting performance experience for both orchestra and chorus and a wonderful opportunity to showcase the immense talent of our student performers.” Glee Club alumni will augment the ranks of the choir, in addition to members of several local ensembles including the Princeton University Chamber Choir and the Kinnara Ensemble. Additionally, this performance marks the first full concert appearance of the William Trego Singers - our newest choral ensemble at Princeton, directed by Renata Dworak, and named after the beloved former director of the Freshman Singers and Glee Club at Princeton University.