The glorious sounds of the Worcester Chorus, in concert with the newly-restored Hook organ, bring a Rossini mass to stirring life in the ensemble's latest performance, which also boasts a four-handed piano piece and a quartet of fine guest vocalists. Rossini may've been best known for his 39 operas, but he also produced sacred music, like this melodic Petite messe solennelle
, towards the end of his life. The acclaimed chorus, led by artistic director Christopher Shepard, is also set to sing Brahms' Nänie
, based on a mournful poem by German author Friedrich Schiller. Soprano Kathleen Theisen, alto Elizabeth Russo, tenor Thomas Mooney and bass Gregg Lauterbach join the ensemble as soloists, as do pianists Olga Rogach and Sima Kustanovich and organist Malcolm Halliday. There's a pre-concert lecture one hour prior to the performance.
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