Pittsburgh Symphony Dramatizes Mozart's Requiem

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Michael Sahaida)

The Spring for Music festival marks its grand finale with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a program of dramatic works with a spiritual bent.

Manfred Honeck conducts three works dealing with women in Christianity: Bruckner's Ave Maria motet, the final scene from Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites and James MacMillan's Woman of the Apocalypse, whose title refers to a female figure in Revelation. The composer has said that it was "inspired by a range of visual art works on the topic through the ages, principally by Dürer, Rubens, Doré, Blake, Marvenko and others."

To conclude the evening -- and Spring for Music -- a dramatization of Mozart’s Requiem with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and a quartet of vocal soloists.

WQXR broadcasts this program at 7:30 pm.

Program Details:

  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
    Manfred Honeck, Music Director
  • Sunhae Im, Soprano
  • Elizabeth DeShong, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Benjamin Bruns, Tenor
  • Liang Li, Bass
    F. Murray Abraham, Speaker
  • The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
    Betsy Burleigh, Music Director
  • BRUCKNER Motet: Ave Maria
  • POULENC Final Scene from Dialogues des Carmélites
  • JAMES MACMILLAN Woman of the Apocalypse (NY Premiere)
  • MOZART Requiem and Death in Words and Music (incorporating selections from Requiem, K. 626, and other readings, chants, and music for mourning)
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Comments [3]

William Strachan

As a life long WQXR listener and supporter of the PSO I was looking forward to Saturday evening's broadcast. Like all of the Spring for Music programs it was innovative and challenging.

I believe the concept of F. Murray Abraham reciting Motzart's letters was tremendous. Unfortunately, the execution was somewhat less so on radio. I had the impression he was walking the stage as he performed and as a consequence the audio pickup was stronger at some times than others. Perhaps a small microphone would have compensated for this.

Overall, though, a tremendous conclusion to a series which, much to the dismay of many concertgoers, is now history. Perhaps a separate, dedicated fundraising drive might resurrect it. If not, we still have the experience of one truly magnificent effort to bring innovative and imaginative music to the widest possible audience.

Thank you to all who concieved and helped realize its life.

May. 13 2014 01:02 PM
Emily from Woodstown, NJ

My son, Andrew, is singing tonight, and I could not make it to Carnegie Hall tonight, so it is my delight that I may listen in tonight!

May. 10 2014 08:42 PM
Adele (a.k.a. AF) from Nassau County, Long Island

Looking forward to this broadcast; looks like a good program, and I am originally from the Pittsburgh area. Time was when I could make it into NYC for music events, but now "mobility issues" (to use the current euphemism for "problems") keep me close to home! So I really appreciate live broadcasts on the radio! Thanks to Carnegie Hall and WQXR!

May. 10 2014 05:46 PM

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