MCP presents Verdi’s Requiem, one of the most dramatic and operatic of its type ever composed, this June at world-renowned Carnegie Hall. Conducted by Craig Arnold, the Masterwork Festival Chorus, New York City Chamber Orchestra, and prominent soloists will perform this epic work.
Throughout Requiem, Verdi uses vigorous rhythms, sublime melodies, and dramatic contrasts—much as he did in his operas—to express the powerful emotions of the text. The terrifying (and instantly recognizable) “Dies irae” that introduces the traditional sequence of the Latin funeral rite is repeated throughout. Verdi’s Requiem offers the drama of opera and the thrill of wonderful symphonic writing combined with stellar, virtuosic solo moments.
Craig Arnold has conducted works large and small in most of the U.S., frequently at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and other major venues throughout the world. Following a tenure as Director of Choral Activities and Conductor of the internationally renowned Nordic Choir at Luther College, he is currently the Artistic Director of Manhattan Chorale and Chamber Orchestra. The national broadcast on PBS of Christmas at Luther 2008 with Arnold as Artistic Director received a regional Emmy award.
Singers from across the United States will also come together under esteemed guest conductor Ann Howard Jones to perform a selection of choral works. Ann Howard Jones is professor emerita of Music at Boston University. Recognized as a distinguished clinician, adjudicator, teacher and conductor, Dr. Jones has led many all-state and regional choruses, workshops, and master classes in the U.S. and abroad. From 1984 to 1998, Dr. Jones was the assistant conductor to the late Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony choruses.
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