Umstattd Hall | Zimmermann Symphony Center
2331 17th St. NW
Canton, OH 44708
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This concert will be conducted by Stefan Sanders.
Featuring the Canton Symphony Chorus.
On the eve of Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week, the CSO presents one of the most significant pieces of classical music ever written. Mozart’s beloved Requiem was left unfinished at the time of his death, leaving many questions unanswered about the true intention of the work. Composers old and new have tried their hand at completing it, though what Mozart had in mind will never be known. This dramatic work is paired with George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, dedicated in memory of the composer’s grandmother who passed away during its composition. This concert reflects the human condition of life and death, birth and rebirth, and ultimately, the hope of resurrection.
Join us at 6:30pm before the concert in Foundation Hall for a pre-concert lecture about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Requiem in D Minor.” Hear samples of the full liturgical setting, as well as samples from the “unfinished” portion.
AMANDA POWELL, soprano, has been praised as “the star of the evening” (Seen and Heard International, UK) and “charismatic and theatrically arresting” (San Francisco Chronicle). A highly versatile musician, she is at home in repertoire from Monteverdi to Mozart to Ravel, and has toured internationally as soloist in baroque opera, oratorio, and crossover folk programs.
Noted for “her clear, focused sound,” mezzo-soprano KIRA MCGIRR is a dynamic and versatile vocalist, equally at home as a soloist and collaborator, whose repertoire spans from the Baroque to contemporary cutting-edge compositions, from oratorio to art song and chamber works.
Ms. McGirr is the Executive Director of the Cleveland Chamber Choir and The Singers’ Club of Cleveland.
JOHN PICKLE has established himself as a strong tenor. In recent seasons, Mr. Pickle also enjoyed performances as Erik with Mobile Opera, Utah Festival Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre. Pickle was last seen in Canton as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in the spring of 2022.
Described by Opera News as “accomplished, stylistically informed,” and “sonorous,” baritone EDWARD VOGEL finds his passion in performing early music, oratorio, and art song. Possessing a diverse solo repertoire spanning nearly ten centuries, his sensitive interpretations have been heard onstage with orchestras as well as in intimate recital settings across the United States.
Permanently founded in 1983 by then music director Dr. Jeffrey H. Brandes, the CSO Chorus is an auditioned choral ensemble composed of all volunteer singers from the Northeast Ohio area. Chorus members come from all walks of life and have a wide array of choral experience levels. They are united in their love for music and strive for remarkable music experience for not only the audience, but also themselves.
The CSO Chorus appears several times throughout the season with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, and has begun pursuing some chorus-only concerts.
George Walker was a renowned African American composer, pianist, and educator. He was the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1996 for his work “Lilacs” for voice and orchestra.
Throughout his career, Walker was known for his innovative compositions that blended elements of classical and contemporary music. In addition to his work as a composer, Walker was also a passionate advocate for music education and worked to increase access to music education for students of all backgrounds.