Gloria Musicae Presents

Verdi’s “Requiem” 

With the Gloria Musicae Singers,

The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay 

and Sarasota Orchestra

Sunday, April 23 Ÿ Sarasota Opera House

The Gloria Musicae Singers are joined by The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, the Sarasota Orchestra and four acclaimed soloists in a performance of one of Verdi’s most beloved masterworks. This concert marks The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay’s Sarasota debut.

(Sarasota, FL) Gloria Musicae presents Verdi’s “Requiem,” one of the most masterful of the composer’s works, Sunday, April 23, 4:30 p.m., at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. Under the artistic direction of Dr. Joseph Holt, the performance features the Gloria Musicae Singers, The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, and the Sarasota Orchestra. Featured soloists include soprano Danielle Talamantes, mezzo-soprano Robyn Rocklein, tenor Blake Friedman, and bass Kerry Wilkerson. Tickets range from $20-$60 and student tickets are $15. For tickets and info, visit www.gloriamusicae.org or call 941-387-6046.

According to Dr. Joseph Holt, the artistic director of Gloria Musicae, Verdi’s “Requiem” offers the drama of opera, the thrill of symphonic writing combined with stellar, virtuosic solo moments. “Verdi’s ‘Requiem,’ composed as a memorial to Italian poet Alessandro Manzoni, is an intense musical statement of human emotion that unfolds in a spectacular sacred drama, full of thrilling choruses, poignant arias/duets, and orchestral fireworks,” says Holt. “It’s the greatest of the Romantic era ‘Requiems,’ and Verdi captures the essence of this spiritual text in a magnificent musical setting; its creation is almost a religious opera.”

Holt says that with “all of the Verdi works performed in Sarasota over the past couple of decades, we wanted to present this noble work as a strong choral piece, combining the powerful voices of the Gloria Musicae Singers, The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and acclaimed soloists with the Sarasota Orchestra. For audiences, the sheer thrill of experiencing the ‘Requiem’ with these extraordinary musical ensembles and soloists will be the highlight of our season.” He adds that the appearance by the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay is a debut in Sarasota.

In addition to the Gloria Musicae Singers, The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, and members of the Sarasota Orchestra, the production features four acclaimed soloists. Soprano Danielle Talamantes is an international recitalist who made her Carnegie Hall debut in a sold-out solo recital in 2007 and appears regularly with the Metropolitan Opera. Her new album, “Ellington: Heaven and Earth,” features new arrangements of Duke Ellington standards written for her. Mezzo-soprano Robyn Rocklein is known for her vibrant and flexible “zwischen-fach” voice and has appeared as a soloist in England, Austria, Germany, and throughout the United States. She was recently hailed in the Orlando Sentinel for her “winningly devilish Carmen.” With his climactic high notes and powerful vocals, tenor Blake Friedman has emerged as a world-class lyric tenor. He has performed on the stages of Avery Fisher Hall and The Walter Bruno Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and BAM’s Fisher Fishman Space. Also at home on the concert stage, Friedman is most known for his acclaimed interpretation of Tchaikovsky songs interwoven throughout Eve Wolf’s operatic drama, “Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart.” The Washington Post described bass Kerry Wilkerson as an “exuberant performer with the amber tone of a lyric baritone.” Wilkerson has sung with the professional choruses of the United States Air Force, United States Army, Carnegie Hall Choral Workshops and the critically acclaimed Robert Shaw Festival Singers.

Founded in 1979, Gloria Musicae, Sarasota’s only professional chorus, presents the greatest hits of the last four centuries along with lesser known gems and the work of living composers with imaginative programming and musical excellence. The chorus consists of 32 professional singers and eight apprentices. For more information about Gloria Musicae, visit www.GloriaMusicae.org.

About Gloria Musicae 

Gloria Musicae celebrates choral music through innovative performances. The critically acclaimed group, the Gloria Musicae Singers, under the artistic direction of Dr. Joseph Holt, performs a repertoire spanning four centuries, and includes orchestral works, intimate madrigals, church motets, folk songs, close-harmony jazz, and Broadway show music. The ensemble also specializes in premiere performances of lesser-known choral works, particularly music by living American composers. The Gloria Musicae Singers has performed premieres by René Clausen, Dick Hyman, Robert Levin, Gwyneth Walker, and James Grant, along with the premiere of a new edition of a rarely heard score by Rossini. For more information about Gloria Musicae, visit www.gloriamusicae.org.