Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra
The final concert of the season features three of Mozart’s most notable sacred works. Having spent a great deal of time composing religious music for use in the church, he broke away from this tradition and became a famous opera composer in the last decade of his life. The three works presented in this concert bookend this opera career. Mozart composed the Vesperae Solennes de Confessorein 1780, just prior to giving up all religious music and moving to Vienna. This work could have been his last statement of faith before illness cut his brilliant life short. Though in the last months of his life, he turned back to faith to compose the Ave verum corpus and Requiem in 1791, which remained unfinished at the time of his death and completed by his friend Franz Süssmayr. Such timing of composition provides a unique insight into who Mozart was, the emotions he felt, and the beauty and complexity of his beliefs. The music is filled with rich colors, driving fugues, and vivid depictions of its poetic Latin text.
The soloists for this performance will be the winners of the 12thAnnual Collegiate Vocal Competition, including the lush soprano solo “Laudate dominum” in the Vespersand riveting “Tuba mirum” for the bass soloist in the Requiem.