Pittsburgh Symphony Dramatizes Mozart's Requiem

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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)