ASU Chorale, Orchestra Get ‘Grand and Glorious’ at the Cactus
April 21, 2010
The concert, which is open free to the public, will feature the 90-voice chorus and chamber orchestra performing favorites from the world of opera, including the rousing “March of the Toreadors” from Bizet’s “Carmen,” the dramatic coronation scene from Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov,” “Va, pensiero” from Verdi’s “Nabucco” and “Song to the Moon” from Dvorak’s “Rusalka.” Highlights from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s charismatic rock opera “Evita” will cap the evening.
Critically acclaimed “Lux Aeterna” (light eternal), though not a true liturgical requiem, evokes the mood of Fauré’s “Requiem” with a peaceful, ethereal quality. Composed for the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 1997, “Lux Aeterna” has become a staple of modern choral repertoires. Lauridsen, a native of the Pacific Northwest, has been a professor of composition at the University of Southern California since 1972.
During intermission, refreshments will be served compliments of Earl Mulley, owner and chef of the River Terrace Restaurant, and Robert and Lisa Gandy, owners of Mr. T’s.