Messa di Gloria

Giacomo Puccini: Messa di Gloria
Johannes Brahms: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny)
Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem (selected movements)

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 3:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Auditorium

50 Bartlet Street
Andover, MA
Map • Phone: 978-682-4050

With professional orchestra


About the Concert

Andover Choral Society opens its 89th season with a concert of late nineteenth-century choral music. The concert features Giacomo Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, which he composed in 1880 as his graduation exercise for the Istituto Musicale Pacini in Lucca, Italy. Even though this mass is a sacred work, the dramatic melodies and harmonies of Italian opera are clearly evident throughout the work. Also on the program is Johannes Brahms’ moving Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny). An orchestrally accompanied choral setting of a poem written by German poet and philosopher Friedrich Hölderlin, Schicksalslied is considered to be one of Brahms’ best works. Three movements from Giuseppe Verdi’s monumental Messa da Requiem round out the program.

Read the program notes by Dr. Michael Driscoll.