March 9, 2013
Warner Theatre 8:00pm
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 “Italian”
Rossini Stabat Mater
Erie Philharmonic Chorus &
Pittsburgh Opera Soloists
Viva Italia, indeed! Felix Mendelssohn was an enthusiastic traveler, and in his expert drawings and even more expert music, he is able to capture the essence of his specific ports of call. In our case, his sunny “Italian” Symphony is replete with golden-spun melodies, vibrant colors, and vivacious dance rhythms. It’s a visitor’s impression of this beautiful country, and audiences have been along for the ride for nearly 200 years now. Italian opera composer Rossini brings the Italian penchant for heart-on-sleeve emotion and passion in his sumptuous Stabat Mater. As a portrait of the grieving mother of Christ at the foot of his cross, Rossini’s Stabat Mater is a searing music drama without costumes or sets. Tomorrow’s opera stars join the Erie Philharmonic Chorus in this evening of passionate music inspired by Italy.
Call (814) 455-1375 for tickets.