Groups coming together to perform 'Requiem'
URBANA — Sinfonia da Camera will perform Giuseppe Verdi's "Requiem" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Foellinger Great Hall of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
The work is mammoth in scale and will feature the University of Illinois Men's Glee Club, Women's Glee Club, Oratorio Society and Chorale, combined into a choir of more than 250 people.
The work also features a soloist quartet of UI music faculty members Ricardo Herrera, bass, and Barrington Coleman, tenor, and professional soloists Hyona Kim, a mezzo-soprano, and Stephanie Gregory, a soprano.
Ian Hobson, conductor and founding director of the Sinfonia da Camera chamber orchestra, will direct the choirs as well as Sinfonia.
It's meant to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Verdi's birth. The composer wrote "Requiem" to commemorate Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian dramatist and novelist. The piece follows the traditional setting of the Roman Catholic Mass.
Meanwhile, Hobson, also a pianist and a UI professor emeritus, finished on Nov. 14 his series of 14 recitals of Johannes Brahms' complete works for solo piano and chamber works with piano, at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York. His series received notice in The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and other publications.
"In the spirit of you can never have too much of a good thing, English pianist Ian Hobson continues his own personal Brahms-a-thon, a 14-concert survey of every single one of Brahms' solo piano works and chamber music for piano and strings," Corinne Ramey wrote for the Nov. 3 edition of the Journal. "This desire for exhaustive surveys seems a theme for Mr. Hobson, who has recorded the complete Beethoven sonatas and complete piano works of Chopin, among other complete sets."
Tickets to "Requiem" at Krannert are $39 for adults, $38 for senior citizens, $14 for students and $5 for youths. For information, call 333-6280 or visit http://www.krannertcenter.com.