Celebrating the bi-centenary of Verdi’s birth, Aberystwyth Choral Society performs his powerful Stabat Mater, at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Saturday 27 April at 8pm.
The last work Verdi completed, it is paired with a late masterpiece by another great Italian composer best- known for his operas. Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, the main work on programme, is actually anything but small and not particularly solemn at all! Two wonderful works, then, by two great composers for the voice – masters of melody, colour and dramatic contrast. A great way to spend an evening in the setting of Aberystwyth’s own superb concert hall.
The performance is conducted by David Russell Hulme, with a full professional orchestra and a team of outstanding young soloists.
Listeners were bowled over by the up-and-coming stars from Dennis O’ Neil’s Welsh International Academy of Voice who snag with the Choral Society last spring. Samoan tenor, Darren Pene Pati, returns for this concert, together with soprano Marlena Devoe and mezzo Claire Filer, both from Auckland, New Zealand. The international line-up is completed by American bass, Ryan Ross, from Iowa. Between them, these outstanding performers have travelled the world pursuing their studies, picking up prestigious prizes and launching their singing careers. Their appearance at Aberystwyth will be a rare treat.
The Choral Society has been at the heart of the musical life of Aberystwyth for over forty years, with singers and audiences travelling from far and wide to share the experience of great choral works beautifully performed on a large scale – as they should be. With audience numbers falling for everyone in these austere times, this is a concert not to be missed by all fans of the big choral classics. Keep live music alive! The concert begins at 8.00 pm and tickets start from as little as £3.50 – even less for accompanied children.