St. Charles Singers: Pizzetti's 'Deep Dish' Requiem and English Choral Music

Submitted by NJS Co. PR on Mon, 04/23/2018 - 9:49pm
St. Charles Singers ensemble photo
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

The St. Charles Singers’ season-finale concert will feature the professional chamber choir’s first-ever performance of Italian composer Ildebrando Pizzetti’s “Messa di Requiem,” an early 20th-century masterpiece. English and American choral works, including folk-song settings, complete the program.

Pizzetti is known for operas that make exceptionally dramatic use of the chorus.

His “Requiem,” an unaccompanied work in five-movements completed in 1923, combines late Romantic harmonies with neo-Renaissance polyphony and Gregorian chant.

“This is deep-dish Pizzetti,” says Jeffrey Hunt, St. Charles Singers' founder and music director.

Music critics have called it “very listener friendly” and “a work of great beauty and sincerity” that “deserves to be far better known.”

Concert highlights include Benjamin Britten’s virtuosic “Hymn to St. Cecilia” for five-part choir and soloists, from 1942, with text by poet W. H. Auden. Hunt calls it “remarkable, one of the finest pieces of choral music ever written.”  Audiences will hear “sophisticated use of word-painting, with the melody emulating what’s happening in the words.”

Location and contact
Baker Memorial United Methodist Church
307 Cedar Avenue
St. Charles  Illinois  60174
United States