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KSO Performs at St. Peter in Chains Nov 21 | Offered In-Person and Virtually

KSO_LOpera FamigliaL’Opera Famiglia
(Two couples, great arias)

7:30 p.m. November 21, 2020
St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Basilica
8th and Plum Cincinnati, OH

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra continues its 29th season of in-person performances and live streaming with an evening of operatic and sacred arias. The KSO, over the last 20 seasons, has offered audiences complete concert operas — Tosca, Otello, La Boheme, Rigoletto, Samson & Delilah and Turandot. These productions featured a number of internationally recognized singers, many with local ties (CCM and the Cincinnati Opera). Four of these artists return as two couples for L’Opera Famiglia on November 21 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains.

Mezzo soprano Stacey Rishoi appeared in a KSO “Sopranos” evening and as Delilah (Samson & Delilah). Her husband Gustav Andreassen (bass) sang the role of Sparafucille (Rigoletto). Stacey and Gus when not on the road reside Bellevue, KY. Stuart Neill (tenor) and Sandra Lopez (soprano) met as Rodolfo and Mimi in the KSO’s 2007 production of La Boheme. They were married a couple years later and live in Miami. “As with any team sport or artistic collaboration, cast chemistry is vital for success. We were fortunate for the stars to align to find these wonderful performers available this week,” commented KSO music director, James Cassidy.

Those who don’t think that opera is their cup of tea, might be surprised to find many of the selections on the program very familiar to a universal audience (see below). The first Act offers a variety of opera arias and duets
including tunes by Mozart, Boito, Offenbach and Puccini’s final scene from Act I of La Boheme. Following a brief intermission the couples return with sacred arias from operas and liturgical works by Verdi and Franck
befitting the concert’s setting. The program concludes with the famous quartet from Rigoletto and everyone’s favorite Puccini aria — “Nessun dorma.”

The KSO invites the community out for a live concert of beautiful music and singing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 21. The distancing plan used by St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Basilica will be employed, and patrons
are asked to don masks for safety. Tickets for each show this year remain where they have been for several seasons at $35 to experience great musicians, guest artists and innovative programming unique to our region.
For those who need to stay home, the KSO is live streaming each concert (via multiple cameras) for your ‘at home access’ for the price of a single ticket. Tickets are available online at kyso.org, by phone (859) 431-6216,
or at the door.

L’Opera Famiglia
(Two couples, great arias)
7:30 p.m. November 21, 2020
St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Basilica
8th and Plum Cincinnati, OH

Atto I

  • Giacomo Meyerbeer
    “Coronation March”
    Le Prophete
    Orchestra
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    “La ci darem la mano”
    Don Giovanni
    Stacey Rishoi & Gustav Andreassen
  • Arrigo Boito
    “L’altra notte in fondo al mare”
    Mefistofele
    Sandra Lopez
  • Mozart
    “O Wie will ich triumfieren”
    Abduction from the Seraglio
    Gustav Andreassen
  • Jacques Offenbach
    “C’est l’amour vainqueur”
    Les Contes d’ Hoffmann
    Stacey Rishoi
  • Giacomo Puccini
    Final Scene Act I
    La Boheme
    Sandra Lopez & Stuart Neill

Intermission

Atto II

  • Giuseppi Verdi
    “Il lacerato spirito”
    Simon Boccanegra
    Gustav Andreassen
  • César Franck
    “Panis Angelicus”
    Mass op. 12
    Stacey Rishoi
  • Verdi
    “Ingemisco”
    Requiem
    Stuart Neill
  • Verdi
    “Ave Maria”
    Otello
    Sandra Lopez
  • Pietro Mascagni
    “Intermezzo”
    Cavalleria Rusticana
    Orchestra
  • Verdi
    “Bella figlia dell’amore”
    Rigoletto
    Sandra Lopez, Stacey Rishoi, Stuart Neill, Gustav Andreassen
  • Puccini
    “Nessun dorma”
    Turandot
    Stuart Neill

Sandra Lopez (soprano) has performed on the world’s greatest stages including the Finnish National Opera as Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Opera de Oviedo as Tosca, Venice’s Teatro la Fenice as Mimi in La Boheme, Opera de Massy, Opera de Fribourg and Festival de St-Cèrè in the title role of Madama Butterfly, the Salzburg Festival, Verbier Festival, and Tanglewood Festival. She has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera in numerous roles which include Catherine in Bolcom’s View from the Bridge, Frasquita in Carmen,
Vierte Magd in Elektra, Tebaldo in Don Carlo, among others.

Ms. Lopez was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition, the Grand Prize Winner of the Florida Grand Opera Competition, First Prize at the Palm Beach Opera Competition, and World Finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti Competition. She is also a Zarzuela specialist and regularly performs this unique repertoire. Sandra Lopez is currently a lecturer, University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and Program Director, Miami Classical Music Festival.

Stuart Neill (tenor) rose to international attention after receiving the Folinari Scholarship as part of his winning the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition. Mr. Neill has sung successfully in title roles at The Metropolitan Opera, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, The National Opera Bastille Paris, London’s Covent Garden, Royal Opera Sweden, to
name but a few, as well as performances with many of the finest symphony orchestras around the world with the greatest conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Sir Andrew Davis and many others. Mr. Neillhas been awarded Two Grammy Awards and has commercially released more than thirty CD recordings and three DVD’s world-wide.

Stacey Rishoi Has sung with some of the great orchestras and opera companies across the US including the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Buffalo Symphony and others. Ms Rishoi has sung leading roles with Cincinnati Opera, the Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera, Calgary Opera and Wolf Trap Opera, etc.
She is a previous winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Norman Treigle Award from New York City Opera. She has served as artist in residence at Festival Dos 100 Dias in Portugal and at the Beaumaris Festival in Wales.

Gustav Andreassen has appeared as Philippe in Don Carlos (Hamburgishe Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper am Rhein). Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin (San Francisco Opera, The National Symphony). Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Opéra Atelier, Boston Lyric Opera, Vlammse Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Wolftrap Opera). Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte (New York City Opera) Commendatore in Don Giovanni (Florida Grand, Cincinnati Opera, Deutsche Oper, Boston Baroque, Oper Graz). Sparafucile in Rigoletto (Deutsche Oper, Cincinnati Opera) Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony Babi Yar (Seattle Symphony). Mozart Requiem (Atlanta Symphony). Ghost of Hector in Les Troyens (Boston Symphony Orchestra). Ramphis in Aïda (Anton Coppola’s final performance with Opera Tampa)

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KSO Concert in Person and Virtual this Saturday

STRINGS NOIR
(Atmospheric String Classics for All Hallows Eve)
7:30 p.m. October 31, 2020
Verst Group Logistics 1985 International Way, Hebron, KY

KSO_Verst Group LogisticsThe Kentucky Symphony Orchestra opens its 29th season in an industrial warehouse with a Halloween mix of string classics that should provide a good scare for musicians and audience alike. Keeping musicians employed and playing during the Covid crisis requires following safety guidelines that are nearly impossible to enact with in traditional auditorium settings (visit kyso.org for safety guidelines). However, since the KSO possesses the will, it certainly has found a way, by turning to unconventional spaces. Verst Group Logistics generously offered the Symphony use of its Hebron warehouse with the square footage of a football field and 40’ ceilings to address adequate distancing and circulation concerns. Even the City of Bellevue helped out for a single rehearsal at the former Joe’s Crab Shak to assist with its season opening program dubbed Strings Noir.

The black and white Film Noir genre of 1940s-60s was characterized by its foreboding fatalism and menace. The KSO’s Strings Noir selections capture a similar aura and mood for All Hallows Eve. “String instruments have the ability to create a sublime beauty and then shift the mood and character to abject terror. The audience will experience all emotions in this program,” commented KSO Music Director and founder James Cassidy.

With the third suite of his Ancient Airs and Dances, composer Ottorino Respighi transcribed 17th century lute music for strings that reflects a distant, poignant melancholy. Arnold Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht loosely follows Richard Dehmel’s poem describing a man and woman’s late night walk through a grove and the revealing of a deep dark secret. In 2018 The Florida Orchestra teamed up with visual artist Geff Strik to paint a work of art based on Schoenberg’s music and the poem. The result was a 5’x12’ oil on canvas painting. Strik’s painting process was captured on video and edited to simultaneously project over the orchestra as it performs Transfigured Night. (See more about the project below)

After a brief intermission, the strings return with a suite from Bernard Hermann’s film score to the Alfred Hitchcock classic Pyscho, starring Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins. The infamous murder scene with the slashing glisses in the upper strings represent the KSO’s trick and the audience’s treat. The program concludes with Ludwig van Beethoven’s fiendishly difficult Grosse Fuge. Beethoven turns 250 in December, and the KSO celebrates the composer’s great music and continued relevance with this late enigmatic, rarely performed tour de force arranged for string orchestra.

The KSO invites everyone to come out on Halloween for a unique live concert. Distanced seating is limited to 300. Don your favorite mask, and know that the KSO is committed to safety and keeping the energy and spontaneity of in-person performance alive and well in Northern Kentucky. Tickets for each show this year remain where they have been for several years at $35 to experience great musicians, guest artists and innovative programming unique to our region. For those who need to stay home, the KSO is live streaming each concert (via multiple cameras) for your ‘at home access’ for the price of a single ticket. Subscribers to all five shows get in-person, flexible use and access to livestreams with a 14% savings. Tickets are available online at kyso.org, by phone (859) 431-6216, or at the door.

STRINGS NOIR
(Atmospheric String Classics for All Hallows Eve)
7:30 p.m. October 31, 2020
Verst Group Logistics 1985 International Way, Hebron, KY

Ottorino Respighi | Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.3
Arnold Schönberg | Verklärte Nacht (1943 revised)
Intermission
Bernard Hermann | Suite from Pyscho
Ludwig Van Beethoven | Grosse Fuge

The KSO’s 29th season continues with the following programs November — May:

L’Opera Famiglia
7:30 p.m. November 21, 2020
St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Basilica
Married couples Sandra Lopez and Stuart Neill and Stacey Rishoi and Gus Andreassen
Join the KSO for arias, duets and more by Boito, Handel, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and more

Welcome Bach
7:30 p.m. January 30, 2021
Greaves Concert Hall, NKU
The Best of the Bach Boys w/ flutist Demarre McGill

Czech it Out
7:30 p.m. March 6, 2021
Greaves Concert Hall, NKU
All-Dvorak — Symphony No. 7 & Cello Concerto featuring Miriam K. Smith

A Rat Pack Reboot
7:30 p.m. May 15, 2021
Greaves Concert Hall, NKU
A real clam-bake with Frank, Dean & Sammy

KSO_Transfigured NightGeff Strik‘s Verklärte Nacht is a live musical performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht accompanied by a 28-minute dramatic short film of paintings done in real-time to the music. The paintings are inspired by the music and Richard Dehmel’s poem of the same name, which is also part of the video. The poem details a dark romantic story set in the 19th century. It begins, “Two figures pass through the bare, cold grove/the moon accompanies them, they gaze into it.”

The story comes alive on canvas as Geff depicts 18 key scenes from the music and poetry. Using only one canvas, he layers each scene in oil with a final layer of lacquer to seal in each scene. This is purposely done since the collective scenes are to be seen as layers of memories. Each layer can be taken off revealing the history and previous scene. The final painting shows the finale, but we know that underneath there is more than meets the eye.

Strik, a French-born painter, collaborated with videographer Joey Clay. The work was commissioned and premiered in 2018 by The Florida Orchestra with Michael Francis conducting.

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High-Flying Circus Acts Meet the High-Energy Swing Band at KSO’s SWINGIN’ CIRQUE REVUE

7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2020
Tower Park Amphitheatre, Fort Thomas, KY

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Duo Rose. Photo by Jim Faust.

A high-energy Swing Revival band provides high-octane music for high-flying circus acts, performing safely outdoors for free. Prepare to mask-up for this weekend’s SWINGIN’ CIRQUE REVUE in Tower Park. The KSO and City of Fort Thomas will be following Kentucky “Healthy at Work” requirements as musicians and audiences safely return to distanced and safe outdoor activities. Sanitizer will be available and distancing reminders will abound.

The KSO’s Devou-Doo Daddies is a 10-pc group that covers the hits and sounds of 1990s swing revival bands — Royal Crown Revue, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and more. Circus Mojo is based at the Ludlow (KY) Theater to mentor youth in the circus arts and brings together circus acts and performers from across the globe to teach and entertain. The KSO and Circus Mojo have teamed up in the past for hi-jinx and great music. “In these crazy times we decided to scale down the forces and ramp up the energy,” KSO music director James Cassidy enthusiastically announced.

The KSO’s four active subsidiary groups allow the orchestra to add area jazz, studio players and vocalists to the orchestra’s talented roster of musicians to authentically perform varied genres of jazz, fusion and pop across nearly six generations (1898-2020). The Devou-Doo Daddies came about after we put the group together to play a set at our “Jump Jive and Wail” Gala in 2015. It was simply too much fun, so we just kept adding charts and dates, remarked Cassidy.

CGO (Chief Goof Officer) Paul Miller is the mojo in Circus Mojo. A former
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus clown for 6 years, Paul is plugged into circus acts and entertainers throughout the world. “Ten years ago the KSO helped us launch and introduce Circus Mojo to the community. Since then we’ve been fortunate to bring circus artists from 35 countries and 6 continents to Ludlow,” chortled Pauly the Clown.

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Circus Mojo (silks and fire). Photo by Jim Faust.

Audiences will enjoy many acts backed up by the Daddies, including Dizzy Lizzy of the National Circus Institute of Australia, dancer/unicyclist extraordinaire Eddie Moffit, Ft. Thomas’s own juggler Damien Berkheimer and from Chicago, the international trapeze artists Duo Rose.

The KSO appreciates the generous support of the following local corporate sponsors: St. Elizabeth Health Care, Duke Energy, Bircus Beer, The Milburn Family and the Wohlgemuth-Herschede Foundations, and the City of Fort Thomas for hosting the KSO’s 2020 free series of family-friendly and safe summer programs. Seniors and others who wish to avoid even distanced crowds are invited to attend the Saturday 10:30 a.m. dress rehearsal at Tower Park. Others can join the program streamed live at 7:30 on Facebook Live.

Join the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Saturday at 7:30 p.m. — July 11 at Tower Park in Fort Thomas. Food trucks will be on-site. Bring blankets, picnics or lawn chairs. For more information, registration and directions, visit the KSO at www.kyso.org or call (859) 431-6216. $5 (per person) suggested donation. Free parking in Tower Park (though it is
limited).

Song | As performed by: | Artist | Act

Jumpin’ Jack | Big Bad Voodoo Daddy(BBVD) | Band | —
Go Daddy-O | BBVD | Ensemble | Intro Parade
Bedbugs | Squirrel Nut Zippers (SNZ) | Karen Lukes | Clown
The Curly Shuffle | Back in the Saddle Band | Circus Mojo Kids | Globes
You & Me & the Bottle… | BBVD | Damien / Pauly | Juggling
The Jitters | BBVD | Tate West | Tight Wire
Hey Pachuco | Royal Crown Revue (RCR) | Hope Miller | Silks
Zoot Suit Riot | Cherry Poppin’ Daddies (CPD) | Casey Crowe | Gym Wheel
Ding-dong Daddy… | CPD | Pauly | Ladder
Mambo Swing | BBVD | Dizzy Lizzy | Hula Hoops

— Intermission —

Mr. Pinstripe Suit | BBVD | Jameson Pellegrino | Cyr Wheel
The Contender | RCR | Damien Berkheimer | Juggling solo
I Wanna Be Like You | BBVD | Dizzy Lizzy | Hoops
Hell | SNZ | Karen Lukes | Clown
In the Mood | Glenn Miller | Eddie Moffit | Unicycle
King of Swing | BBVD | Band | —
Please, Baby | BBVD | Duo Rose | Trapeze
Mugzy’s Move | RCR | Ensemble | LED Cyr Wheel/Hoops
Goin’ Back to New Orleans | BBVD | Ensemble | Fire Act

KSO Devou-Doo Daddies:

  • Reeds: Dwayne Irvin, Paul Batchelor Glader
  • Trumpets: Hank Mautner, Matt Anklan
  • Trombone: Dave Ashley
  • Rhythm: Ben Tweedt, (Keys), Brian Deyo (Gtr), Mike Sharfe, (Bass), Brian Malone (Drums)
  • Vocal: Troy Hitch

Circus Mojo Artists:

  • Shiann Carpenter-Allen
  • Taylor Baresel
  • Damien Berkhiemer
  • Casey Crowe
  • Dizzy Lizzy
  • Cherie Haas
  • Karen Hinrichs Lukes
  • Hope Miller
  • Lucas Miller
  • Paul Hallinan Miller
  • Eddie Moffat
  • Jameson Pellegrino
  • Krissie Roberts
  • Sam & Sylvia Rose
  • Libby Sparks
  • Cass Stewart
  • Emmanual Tawiah
  • Tate West
  • Sebastain Woodward

Additional Summer Program Support provided by
The Milburn Family Foundation
The Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation

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KSO Safely Navigates the Summer of 2020 with Distanced Performances in the Park

KSO_Purple logoThe Kentucky Symphony Orchestra moves its 26th Summer Series of free family-friendly programming to the Tower Park amphitheater in Fort Thomas, KY. Adhering to Kentucky’s “Health at Work” guidelines, the KSO’s three socially-distanced (on-stage and off) performances will return musicians to work and offer Northern Kentucky residents a return to a safe semblance of tradition.

At a unique time in history, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra cautiously moves outdoors with its 26th free summer series at the beautiful amphitheater at Tower Park in Fort Thomas, KY. The KSO’s last performance was March 12, after which four scheduled programs and events were canceled due to the pandemic. The KSO eagerly anticipated the Summer, where the ability to physically distance on the lawn and on-stage (with smaller resources), during sunny, warm weather, offered opportunities for all. Providing varying degrees of PPE for volunteers, staff and attendees, together with individual personal responsibility, the KSO and the City of Fort Thomas saw the summer series as a guarded way for musicians to return to work, while providing a safe semblance of tradition and normalcy for residents, as we collectively find our way forward.

In compliance with Kentucky’s June 29, 2020 Healthy at Work Requirements, the KSO and City of Fort Thomas have taken extra measures to ensure the safety and well-being of its musicians, staff, volunteers and audience members. KSO General Manager, Angela Williamson, is coordinating directly with the City of Fort Thomas Recreation Department to meet current public health guidelines.

For those considered to be at risk (health/age), or are sick/exposed can watch on Facebook Live. Seniors are also invited to attend the morning dress rehearsals in the park. Those planning to attend the performance are strongly urged to register on-line, observe distance postings and instructions, don masks as you share close proximity with others and pack your hand sanitizer. The KSO and its guest artists will handle the music, nostalgia and quality entertainment.

For 25 Summers the KSO performed at the WPA-built bandshell in Devou Park. With COVID-19 projections and guidelines evolving and uncertain, Covington city officials thought it best not to host the series at Devou Park this Summer. The KSO, in its efforts to safely employ its talented musicians, turned to Fort Thomas, which after deliberation, agreed to permit these three safe, distanced activities for its residents.

KSO 2020 Summer Series at Tower Park

Swingin’ Cirque Revue
(KSO meets Circus Mojo)
7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2020

The KSO and Ludlow’s Circus Mojo first teamed-up in 2010 to bring high-wire acts, jugglers and hi-jinx to the Symphony. Ten year’s later they are back together with the orchestra’s 10-pc. swing group (The Devou-Doo Daddies), performing the high-energy 1990s swing revival music of The Squirrel Nut Zippers, Royal Crown Revue and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and more. “Hey Pachuco” — What other symphony would combine zany high-flying acts with Swing? (Full playlist attached)

“The Band Played On”
(An Old-Fashioned Band Concert)
7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 8, 2020

100 years ago towns used to gather in the Summer to hear their own local or national touring concert band perform at the bandshell or gazebo. Most wind, brass and percussion players of today’s symphony orchestras started their careers via middle and high-school band programs, playing the warhorse works penned in the early to mid 20th century. Current band students and teachers are invited to experience their musical heritage. The KSO’s wind ensemble re-creates this nostalgic setting and sound, with cornet soloist Michael Mergen from the “President’s Own” Marine Corps Band. (Full playlist attached)

Pop-pourri
(Pop hits for Boomers to Centennials)
7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 5, 2020

The KSO’s 21-pc. studio orchestra with vocalists — The KSO Boogie Band — has covered some of the most popular radio hits of the past seven decades. With 300 charts in its repertoire (adapted by arranger Terry LaBolt), the group this Labor Day weekend offers nostalgic hits for all generations attending, including chart toppers from Patsy Cline to Camila Cabello and The Beach Boys to Bruno Mars. Be ready to dance, sing along and toe-tap to music of your youth (1950s-2010s), and say — so long to Summer.

“The circumstances of the last few months have made us all understand how simple gatherings and traditions, like sharing a nostalgic and cultural moment together, are quite fragile and can be lost to significant threats and fears. We hope that those who can attend will take precautions to protect their families and citizens, as well as the right to assemble at a distance.” — James Cassidy, KSO Music Director.

The KSO appreciates the generous support of the following local corporate sponsors: St. Elizabeth Health Care, Fischer Homes, Duke Energy, Schneller & Knochelmann, The Milburn Family and the Wohlgemuth-Herschede Foundations, and the City of Fort Thomas for hosting the KSO’s 2020 free series of family-friendly and safe summer programs.

Join the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. — July 11, August 8 and September 5. Food trucks will be on-site. Bring blankets, picnics or lawn chairs. For more information, registration and directions, visit the KSO at http://www.kyso.org or call (859) 431-6216. $5 (per person) suggested donation. Free parking in Tower Park (though it is limited).

For 29 seasons the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra has taken the “phony” out of symphony by eliminating traditional barriers and presenting engaging, live, thematic concerts that enrich, educate and entertain the residents of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. The KSO performs three series of concerts annually throughout Northern Kentucky.

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KSO & St. Peter in Chairs Cathedral Choir Perform MOZART’S DENOUEMENT (Mozart Saves the Best for Last) on Feb. 23, 2020

MOZART’S DENOUEMENT
(Mozart Saves the Best for Last)
3:00 p.m. February 23, 2020
St. Peter in Chains Cathedral

KSO_Mozarts Denouement promo

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
Samuel Kidd.

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
MOZART’S DENOUEMENT
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

Intermission

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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