FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCT. 18, 2013
UNCSA PRESENTS THE UNCSA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: VERDI’S REQUIEM,
One-night only performance on November 8th at 7:30 pm at the Stevens Center
Tickets $18-20. (336) 721-1945
WINSTON-SALEM, NC –
School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
(UNCSA) presents UNCSA Symphony Orchestra: Verdi’s Requiem, a
choral and orchestral masterpiece.
A musical setting of the funeral mass, Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem turns the text of the mass into a searing drama, placing his soprano as the embattled heroine. From the trumpets of the last judgment to the eternal light of heaven, Verdi takes the listener on a transcendent musical journey.
Verdi composed the work to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian poet and novelist. It premiered in Milan in 1874 to critical and popular acclaim, and was performed in the world’s leading music capitals.
The concert is offered as part of the worldwide Verdi bicentennial celebration. Verdi was born in 1813.
This is a one night only performance on November 8th at 7:30 pm at the Stevens Center, 405 W. Fourth Street, Winston-Salem, NC. Tickets are $20 regular and $18 for students with valid ID. Call the UNCSA Box Office at (336) 721-1945 for reservations, or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances to purchase tickets online.
For descriptions, details and links to the entire UNC School of the Arts 2013 - 2014 performance season online, visit www.uncsaevents.com.
About James Allbritten
Originally from Louisville, Ky., James Allbritten began his operatic career with Kentucky Opera. While a student in Louisville, he was invited to participate as one of the youngest artists in the San Antonio Arts Festival, where he was apprenticed to Boris Goldovsky. His conducting studies began at Indiana University under Jan Harrington, Robert Porco, and Thomas Dunn. While there he also worked with Glyndebourne Festival Opera conductor Bryan Balkwill, and MET stage directors Fritz Busch and James Lucas.
He came to North Carolina in 1993 to join the faculty of the School of the Arts where his duties now include Artistic Director of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. There he has conducted many performances including Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Donizetti’s Belisario. Composer Kirke Mechem was so pleased with Allbritten’s reading of his Tartuffe that he asked him to lead the first act of his new opera Pride and Prejudice in a workshop premiere.
As the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for Piedmont Opera, he has led Verdi’s Aida and Un ballo in maschera, as well as Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Of Piedmont Opera’s Un ballo in maschera, Opera News said, “The musical excellence for the entire evening was the work of the conductor, James Allbritten…His tempos were well chosen, attacks were precise, and coordination and balance with the singers was exemplary.”
He has also led performances for Opera Theater of the Rockies, Opera Carolina, and the Winston-Salem Symphony. Allbritten spent four seasons as Music Director for UNCSA’s illuminations festival on the Outer Banks, and led the school’s Festival Orchestra at Côte Vermeille and for the Flâneries Musicales d’Ete de Reims in France. Recent projects include the Southeastern premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town, which was co-commissioned by the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute; La traviata and Die Fledermaus for Piedmont Opera; and a return as Principal conductor/voice teacher to Opera Theatre of the Rockies Vocal Arts Symposium at Colorado College.
About the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNC School of the Arts is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“the City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.
UNCSA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: VERDI’S REQUIEM
Stevens Center, 405 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem, NC
Opera’s Giuseppe Verdi turns the text of the Requiem Mass into a searing drama, placing his soprano as the embattled heroine of his celebrated work. From the trumpets of the last judgment to the eternal light of heaven, Verdi’s ability to take the listener on a soul-searching journey is unique in the repertoire of both choruses and orchestras. The Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale joins the Cantata Singers and soloists from the Fletcher Opera Institute, all under the direction of James Allbritten.
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