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Verdi’s Requiem

The grand majesty of Verdi’s Requiem will resound in Charlottetown on April 28 at Zion Presbyterian Church at 2:30 pm, celebrating the piece’s 150th anniversary. It’s a haunting performance led by Dr. Margot Reiskind and comprises the 45 voices of the Island Choral Society, plus the Luminos Ensemble, and the Luminos Chamber Orchestra, with soloists Georgia Edwards, Hannah O’Donnell, Justin Simard, and Brodie MacRae. Composer Guiseppe Verdi put all the drama and flair of his pen into an almost operatic setting of the funereal mass. He was no stranger to mourning: early in his career he had lost two infant children and then his young wife, but he wrote his Requiem not for them, but to honour Alessandro Manzoni, a respected Italian author and patriot for whom Verdi had had a lifelong admiration. It had its debut in May of 1874. A major reason for the Requiem’s ongoing success is the strength of emotion it evokes. It has, for example, been done in modern times as a commemorative tribute to performances that were sung in the Nazi concentration camp, Terezin, and for the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks at the Metropolitan Opera in 2021. The Island Choral Society is the choir which has impressed audiences with other major classics — Vivaldi’s Gloria in D, Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat. Admission at the door or online at IslandChoralSociety.ca. For more info, contact islandchoralsociety@gmail.com or call 902-628-6778.


April 28
2:30 pm
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Zion Presbyterian Church
135 Prince St
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K2 Canada
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