Carmel Symphony Orchestra presents Verdi’s ‘Requiem’


By Mark Ambrogi

Alan Davis’ introduction to Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem” was a very emotional one.


Davis, president and CEO of Carmel Symphony Orchestra, said he encountered the piece for the first time when he sang in the chorus during his sophomore year at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

“We performed the ‘Requiem’ as a memorial to an extraordinarily talented classmate who was killed in a plane crash over Shelbyville,” Davis said. “Because of this, the Verdi ‘Requiem’ became and remains one of the most profoundly moving musical experiences of my life.”

The CSO will perform Verdi’s “Requiem” at 7:30 Nov. 12 at the Palladium.

“As a work written for chorus, soloist and orchestra, it would be impossible to perform this great work without the Anderson Choral Ensemble,” Davis said. “We have built a tremendous partnership with Dr. (Richard) Sowers and the University Ensemble over the many performances we collaborated on over the years. Working with them is a musical and personal joy.”

The concert will feature former Metropolitan Opera performer Timothy Noble, joined by soloists Rachel Holland, Edward Atkinson and Jane Dutton. It’s Dutton’s third appearance with CSO.

In 1874, Verdi wrote “Requiem” to honor two Italian national heroes, opera composer Gioachino Rossini and novelist and political figure Alessandro Manzoni.

“’The Manzoni Requiem of Verdi’ is a work of extraordinary passion and power. From the whispered opening to the overwhelming cries of the ‘Dies Irae,’ the work is enormously exciting,” CSO Artistic Director David Bowden stated in a media release. “This performance, which will be my last with the Carmel Symphony, promises to be exhilarating and truly memorable.”

It was announced in June the contract for Bowden, who has been with CSO for 17 years, was not renewed.

“David has been integral in the musical growth of this orchestra, and it has been my pleasure to have him as a colleague,” Davis said. “We are truly thankful for the creativity and talent with which he has directed this group of musicians.”

CSO is in the midst of a selection process for Bowden’s replacement.

Music Matters, a pre-concert conversation, is set for 6:45 p.m.

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