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.
- 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)