Verdi’s Requiem

Featuring the Nashville Symphony & Chorus

 May 31-June 2, 2018  7 pm Thurs.; 8 pm Fri.-Sat.  Schermerhorn Symphony Center  

Giancarlo Guerrero conducts the Nashville Symphony & Chorus
Featuring the Violins of Hope

Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero
, conductor | Nashville Symphony Chorus | Tucker Biddlecombe, chorus director | Erika Sunnegårdh, soprano | Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano | Alexey Dolgov, tenor | Eric Owens, bass

It’s the choral music event of the year: Verdi’s Requiem, a masterful creation written for four soloists, double choir and orchestra, led by Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero. One of the great composers for opera, Verdi brought his command of musical drama to this deeply poignant work, which is full of gorgeous melodies and profound emotion, moving from fear and loss to transcendent joy. This concert features a true dream-team of vocal soloists – all four singers are among the very best in their field, and together with your Nashville Symphony and Chorus, they will bring this music brilliantly to life.

Verdi’s Requiem occupies a unique place in Holocaust history, as it was performed by the inmates at Theresienstadt concentration camp. Even as the Red Cross was made to believe that Theresienstadt was a model resettlement village for European Jews, more than 120,000 inmates would be killed, either in the camp or at the extermination centers of Treblinka and Auschwitz.

Amid these oppressive circumstances, the inmates joined together, led by fellow inmate Rafael Schächter, for performances of Verdi’s Requiem that provided opportunities for hope and for quiet, determined resistance. Schächter said that the text gave the singers a chance to “sing to the Nazis what they could not say to them.” Their story is told in the film Defiant Requiem.

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