(Mozart Saves the Best for Last)
3:00 p.m. February 23, 2020
St. Peter in Chains Cathedral
The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra teams up with one of Cincinnati’s top choirs —The St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Choir — and the Cathedral’s Music in a Great Space Series to present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s latest and perhaps greatest works. In 1984, thanks to the film Amadeus, the music of Mozart became universally known and celebrated. From child prodigy to prolific composer, Mozart’s catalog includes a diverse array (opera, symphony, concerto, etc) of the greatest music in history.
Mozart’s final years produced his last symphonies (39-41), all three written within just six weeks in the summer of 1788. They are all masterpieces, yet his 41st subtitled “Jupiter” stands at the pinnacle of symphonic form. With its recurring 4-note plain chant motive, opera aria quotation and 5-subject fugue, Mozart’s final symphony is a profound work employing truly awe-inspiring counterpoint influenced by his study of works by Bach, Handel and Michael Haydn.
Following a brief intermission, the professional, 24-voice St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Choir, assembled in 1994 by its current Music Director Anthony DiCello, joins the KSO and soloists for Mozart’s hauntingly beautiful Requiem in D minor. Unfinished at his death in 1791, Mozart’s mass for the dead was completed by his student Franz Süßmayr (many composers have attempted their own completions of Mozart’s Requiem, yet Süßmayr’s is the default version for most performers). Soloists for the Requiem include soprano Victoria Okafor, mezzo-soprano Maria Miller, tenor Marco Panuccio, and bass
Though commissioned by an anonymous patron (who wished to claim authorship and dedicate its performance to his deceased wife — not the intrigue of Antonio Salieri as in the movie), Mozart’s Requiem is a deeply personal piece upon which Mozart worked until his final hours. Music Director James Cassidy points out — “A five-note motive that opens and weaves its way throughout the work appears to be a quote of Handel’s “The ways of Zion do mourn” and is reminiscent of the Lutheran hymn — “When my final hour is at hand.” So, Mozart was seemingly aware that the Requiem was to be his final opus.”
The St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Choir, which can be heard at 11 a.m. Sunday masses (Sept – May), has been a special and recent KSO collaborator, singing our pairing of 16th c. Giovanni Gabrieli motets and antiphonal music together with the premiere of Kim Arnesen’s Magnificat in 2016. Last season, the KSO and Cathedral Choir gave the North American premiere of Paweł Łukasewzski’s dramatic Via Crucis, illuminating the Cathedral’s Stations of the Cross.
Join the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and the Cathedral Choir of St. Peter in Chains under the direction of James R. Cassidy at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, February 23, at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in downtown Cincinnati (8th & Plum). Reserved seating tickets are $24, $32, $40 (children ages 6-18 are 50% off) and are available online at kyso.org, by phone — (859) 431-6216, or at the door.
KSO and St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Choir
3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 23, 2020
St. Peter in Chains Cathedral
325 W 8th St, Cincinnati 45202
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
ymphony No. 41 in C (Jupiter) K.551
Mozart Requiem in d K.626
Victoria Okafor, soprano
Maria Miller, mezzo-soprano
Marco Panuccio, tenor
Samuel Kidd, bass
St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Choir
Anthony DiCello, Music Director
For additional information, visit the KSO at www.kyso.org or call (859) 431-6216.
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