The New West Symphony will present Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem on the next 2103/2014 Masterpiece Series concert this weekend, which comes to Santa Monica on Sunday.
New West Symphony music director Marcelo Lehninger will lead three
performances of the program with soprano Lesley Leighton, mezzo-soprano
Rebecca Ringle, tenor Casey Candebat and bass Raymond Aceto as guest
The New West Symphony Chorus and the Los Robles Master Chorale will supply the choral forces for the performances.
The first performance will take place tonight, March 21, 2014 at 8 pm
at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, located at 800 Hobson Way in
The program will be repeated on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8 pm at
he Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks
Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.
The program will conclude with its final performance on Sunday, March
23, 2014 at 4 pm at Santa Monica’s Barnum Hall, located at 601 Pico
Boulevard in Santa Monica.
Tickets are priced from $25 to $98 are available by phone, 9 am to 5
pm, Monday through Friday at 1-866-776-8400. Tickets are also available
in person at the New West Symphony office, 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through
Friday and through the Symphony web site at newwestsymphony.org, 24/7. Tickets are also available at the respective concert hall box offices.
Hear & Now Live
This lively and informative, pre-concert discussion about the music
on the program begins at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and 3 pm
on Sunday afternoon.The programs are free and open to ticket holders for
the respective performances.
Giuseppe Verdi wrote his Messa da Requiem to commemorate the death,
in 1873, of the great Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni, whom he
It is an operatic work of patriotism and humanism more than a
religious work. Verdi conducted the premiere of the work in Milan’s San
Carlo Cathedral on the first anniversary of Manzoni’s death, the only
time he conducted it in a church. Like so many of Verdi’s operas, it was
an instant success. Verdi immediately planned a tour of the work to the
capitals of Europe where it was received with great enthusiasm. For
complete program notes, Click Here.
About the Soloists
Soprano Lesley Leighton's musical activities have taken her across
the United States and abroad. A principal solo artist for more than two
decades, she sang with many of the world's most eminent conductors,
including Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Simon Rattle,
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Bramwell Tovey, Rafael Frühbeck de
Burgos and Grant Gershon. For a complete biography, Click Here.
Mezzo-soprano Rebecca Ringle made her Metropolitan Opera main stage
debut during the 2012/2013 season as Rosswisse in Richard Wagner’s Die
Walküure. She returned to the Metropolitan Opera in 2013/2014 season for
The Nose by Dmitri Shostakovich. She made her New York City Opera debut
as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana. Rebecca Ringle has appeared as a
soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and in Europe. For a
complete biography, Click Here.
Tenor Casey Candebat made his debut with the New West Symphony in the
2012/2013 season as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. He
made his professional opera debut in 2007 with the New Orleans Opera in
its production of La Bohème. For a complete biography, Click Here.
Bass Raymond Aceto has made numerous appearances with the
Metropolitan Opera since his debut with the company in 1992. His most
recent appearance, during the 2012/2013 season, was as the Commendatore
in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He has appeared with all the major opera
companies in the United States and with major companies in Europe. Mr.
Aceto also appears as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United
States. For a complete biography, Click Here.
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