Community Chorus To Give Concert of Verdi Opera Choruses

March 7, 2013

The Bradley Community Chorus, directed by Dr. John Jost, will present a concert of Verdi opera choruses on Sunday, April 21, at 3:00 p.m. in Dingeldine Music Center, located at 1417 W. Barker. General admission is $5, students are free.

The Chorus will sing choruses from favorite Verdi operas including Aida, Il trovatore, and La forza del destino, as well as from lesser-known operas such as Giovanni d’Arco (Joan of Arc) and I due foscari.  Andrea Molina will accompany the ensemble on piano, and featured soloists will include sopranos Masako Johnson and Annalise Pittenger, members of the group. Brief synopses of the operas, written by chorus member Philip Marcus, will be read by Lee Wenger of WCBU radio.

Giuseppi Verdi, born 200 years ago in 1813, was perhaps the most successful opera composer of all time, and became a national hero as his native Italy was becoming a unified nation.  His operas often carried scarcely-concealed political messages that excited the Italian populace.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 309-677-2650.