[Verdi’s Requiem] Photo by Matt Dine
Photo by Matt Dine

The Orchestra Now Presents

Verdi’s Requiem

Conducted by Leon Botstein, Music Director of The Orchestra Now and the American Symphony Orchestra
Performed with members of the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, the Bard College Chamber Singers, and the Bard Festival Chorale.
James Bagwell, choral director
Margaret Tigue, soprano, VAP '20
Chloë Schaaf, mezzo-soprano, VAP '19
Wei Wu, bass

Requiem was written in memory of the Italian writer Giuseppe Verdi greatly admired who had a great influence on Italian Romanticism, Alessandro Manzoni. It received its premiere on the first anniversary of Manzoni’s death at the San Marco Church in Milan, conducted by Verdi himself. The powerful "Libera me" movement which draws the work to a close was originally composed by Verdi as part of an unsuccessful project he led to write Massa Per of Rossini with 12 other composers, in memory of Rossini shortly after his passing. After its premiere, the Requiem was quickly noticed and performed in concert halls around the world, which was generally unusual for religious music.
The concert will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.