Carmel Symphony Orchestra Presents: DRAMA & OPERA: VERDI’S REQUIEM AT THE PALLADIUM

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Event Series: Masterworks

APRIL 13 @ 7:30 P.M.

March 2024

Prepare to be swept away by the emotionally charged masterpiece, the Verdi Requiem, as the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro David Commanday, joins forces with the Anderson University Choirs for a captivating performance. Taking place on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, this timeless classic promises sweeping melodies and dramatic climaxes. With the fusion of a full romantic orchestra, Anderson University Choirs, and four vocal soloists, Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem stands out for its profound drama and pathos.

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Experience the soaring voices of the choirs above the orchestral accompaniment while talented soloists deliver poignant arias and duets, showcasing the sacred musical form with operatic brilliance. Whether you’re a seasoned classical music enthusiast or new to the genre, this event is a must-see, offering an unforgettable evening of musical transcendence.

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In a conversation with Maestro David Commanday, we explored the acoustic marvels of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and the Anderson University Choirs performing Verdi’s Requiem in the exquisite Palladium. We delved into how this monumental Requiem has stirred audiences since its inception, its timeless power transcending generations.

A Powerful and Dramatic Experience

“I have had the privilege of performing this work twice before, and there is nothing quite like it,” Commanday said. “The conception of the Requiem as Verdi has created [it] is not of some theoretical ritualistic citation of the Latin Mass. For Verdi, the Requiem is a drama that expresses everything there is about the human condition in the context of that mass. We don’t merely have a plea for mercy that is formulaic…this amazing conductor [Verdi] turns it into something that is so powerfully human and emotional that no matter where anyone comes from in terms of their religious convictions, the act of pleading for mercy or forgiveness is so human. It is so easy to interpret [the Requiem] as pleading to the universe for mercy or forgiveness. This experience is about being human…not renting being a Catholic for 90 minutes. It’s about living and knowing that there’s death and this universal human condition.”

Having conducted Verdi’s Requiem twice, Commanday expressed how it still inspires him.

“Some pieces of music feel like they change you,” Commanday said. “They change your life as a musician when you inhabit them because when you perform pieces like this, it’s not this thing where I’m sitting at the piano and I’m moving my fingers and the notes are coming out…you [the musician] live in and through the moment and in the experience with every one of the performers and everyone in the audience. The people who come to a live performance, along with the orchestra, are part of [the experience] as well.”

Commanday spoke of how Verdi’s Requiem has reverberated through the ages since its inception as a tribute to Alessandro Manzoni, whom Verdi deeply admired, after Manzoni’s passing.

“We have Verdi’s incredible gift to express and inspire emotion,” Commanday stated. “My takeaway is this [Requiem] is real for Verdi. It was not an exercise but was inspired by genuine grief and respect. I think that it’s an incredibly sincere work of art.”

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