Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, June 21, 2018

verdirequiemhartford0312-60f-webMore than 400 hundred singers, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and soloists, led by conductor Edward Bolkovac, perform Giuseppe Verdi's Messa da Requiem for a packed Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford on March 16.


The performance was presented as part of the Sacred Sounds Concert Series in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Cathedral of St. Joseph church.


The program brought together 400-plus singers from the combined choruses of the Cathedral Choir, Hartford Chorale, New Haven Chorale and five Hartt School choruses, with solos by Amanda Hall, soprano; Lucille Beer, mezzo-soprano; Raffaele Sepe, tenor; and Ryan Green, bass.



Dr Menendez began the concert program by playing Cesar Franck's Trois Chorals, Choral No. 3 in A minor, on the cathedral's organ for the capacity crowd of 1,700 people in the pews and choir loft.


On the cathedral’s Web site, Dr. Menéndez had billed the Requiem performance as "the largest scale production that has ever been performed in the Cathedral of St. Joseph," (Photo by Bob Mullen/The Catholic Photographer, see gallery here)