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Epic conclusion to Stockton Symphony’s Classics Season

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POSTED March 24, 2013 6:50 p.m.

STOCKTON — The Stockton Symphony concludes the Classics Series on Thursday, April 4, with Verdi’s Requiem.

The combined 230 chorale forces of the Stockton Chorale, University of the Pacific Choirs, and San Joaquin Delta College Choir join with the Symphony to provide the intensity unique to this work. The concert will be held on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Atherton Auditorium on the Delta College campus and again on Saturday, April 4, at 6 p.m.

Verdi’s Messa da Requiem was designed as a tribute to the great Italian novelist and poet, Alessandro Mazoni, whom Verdi greatly admired. Unlike the standard solemn requiem, Verdi’s monumental operatic work radiates with power and intensity. In fact, the Requiem was rejected for ecclesiastical use by the Roman Catholic Church in 1903, two years after Verdi’s death, because of its distinctive and, at the time, unorthodox sound. More traditional requiems emphasize sending prayers from the living to the dead but, in his piece, Verdi emphasizes that the living must pray for themselves. He intended that the work be performed in concert halls as well as churches right from the start. Verdi conducted three performances at La Scala in 1874 where there was such “wild applause” that he had to repeat three sections; and a tour of the Requiem was arranged the next year, which was a spectacular success.



Guest soloists for this final Classics concert include internationally known Christina Major (soprano) who gave her first performance in the Verdi Requiem in 2010 to great acclaim; Buffy Baggott (mezzo-soprano) a California native who has gained recognition throughout the U.S. as an accomplished mezzo-soprano; returning international soloist Eric Margiore (tenor) who appeared in the Stockton Symphony’s Holiday Pops and Festa Italiana concerts; and Jordan Shanahan (baritone), who’s repertoire includes more than forty roles that encompass a wide variety of musical styles, periods, and vocal demands, and who has been cast in five productions at the Metropolitan Opera.

 Purchase tickets online at or call the Symphony office at (209) 951-0196. Tickets begin at $22; tickets for children and students with an ID are half price.

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