The UNCG School of Music Symphony Orchestra and Combined University Choirs, conducted by Dr. Kevin M. Geraldi, performed Giuseppe Verdi’s monumental Messa da Requiem to a capacity audience at UNCG Auditorium on Friday, February 24, 2017.
The students of the orchestra and choirs were joined by a quartet of accomplished School of Music alumni soloists: Jill Bowen Gardner (MM ’95), soprano; Stephanie Foley Davis (MM ’05), mezzo-soprano; Daniel Stein (MM ’05), tenor; and David Weigel (MM ’12), bass.
Original digital artwork was also created to accompany Verdi’s masterpiece by students from the UNCG School of Art.
The performance has received positive reviews.
From Voix des Arts:
“Performing the Messa da Requiem is a tremendous undertaking even for the best-funded and most impeccably-trained orchestras, choral societies, and opera companies. Frequent traversals by Italian opera houses, recent performances by Houston Grand Opera, and the inclusion of the Messa in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017 – 2018 Season are evidence of the overtly operatic demands of the score. It is a testament to both the ambitions and the accomplishments of the School of Music in the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s College of Visual and Performing Arts that performing the Messa da Requiem was considered within the department’s capabilities, but the true confirmation of the School of Music’s merits was the monumental, moving performance that the university’s musical personnel achieved.”