Concert Report 1
I went to the season finale of Salt Lake Symphony featuring Utah Voices and soprano by Melissa Heath. The conductors were Dr. Robert Baldwin and Dr. Michael Huff. The concert was held in the Libby Gardner Hall on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The concert started at 7:30 pm and ended at 8:45 pm. The performance was called “Viva Verdi! A Bicentennial Celebration”, based on selected works of 19th century Italian romantic composer Giuseppe Verdi, who is primarily known for his operas. Whenever I come attend an indoor performance, I like to be seated in the middle section, from my experience that’s the perfect spot to enjoy an indoor concert, it gives me the opportunity to look at all the performers and I feel I hear all the distinct sounds properly. The program was divided into two parts, “Four Sacred Pieces” with Utah voices conducted by Dr. Michael Huff and “Opera Choruses” conducted by Dr. Robert Baldwin. The concert opened with “Ave Maria” and “Stabat Mater” which is a grand and deeply expressive setting of the famous 13th century Latin poem. The great variation of intensity and extended unaccompanied sections were performed by tremendous choral discipline. The combined effect of choir and orchestra was one of overpowering emotion. Next to performance was “Laudi alla Vergine Maria” and “Te Deum”. I liked the latter performance better. It had a unaccompanied opening based on Gregorian plainsong, the chemistry between choir and orchestra created a stunning climax. In the end, a single voice led to the dramatic final chords and the last notes were high up in the violins. From the booklet that were given to the guests when they were entering the hall, I got to learn that, “Te Deum” was the last composed piece by Verdi, seems he felt it was a suitable farewell as he asked for the score of the “Te Deum” to be buried with him. The second half of the program was devoted to a wide selection operatic music, Verdi’s most public legacy. Opened...
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