Giochino Rossini en Glorious Sacred Music from Opera Master Rossini <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The early </span>19th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">-century</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Italian composer </span>Giochino<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Rossini composed nearly 40 operas before he turned 40.&nbsp; Later in life, he turned to other forms. And near the end of his life, he wrote&nbsp; a solemn mass for the dedication of a private chapel. &nbsp;As two local ensembles prepare performances,&nbsp;</span>WRTI’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Susan Lewis explores Rossini’s </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Petite Messe Solennelle.</em></p><p><strong>Lewis:</strong>&nbsp; In some ways, the work summarizes Rossini’s entire art, says Matthew Glandorf, artistic director of Choral Arts Philadelphia.</p><p><strong>Glandorf </strong>: You get these beautiful, lovely, soaring, natural&nbsp;melodies that you&nbsp;would know from his operas, but you also see somebody who has an absolute mastery of interesting harmonies.</p><p><strong>Lewis:</strong>&nbsp; Glandorf says you can see that Rossini&nbsp;&nbsp;was studying the music of his contemporaries.</p><p><strong>Glandorf:</strong> Or shall we even say possibly&nbsp;the next generation.&nbsp; You really find that he's&nbsp;saying, hey look,&nbsp;I can also compose a fugue like the best of them....</p><p><strong>Lewis:</strong>&nbsp; Choral Arts will perform the work on Saturday, February 9th and is engaging soloists who specialize in period vocal performance, among them Julianne Baird.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lewis:</strong>&nbsp; Another interpretation will be offered&nbsp; later this month by the Philadelphia Singers,&nbsp;which Glandorf welcomes.</p><p><strong>Glandorf:</strong>&nbsp;I’m hoping&nbsp;that that&nbsp;might open up a dialogue to say there are infinite number of&nbsp;possibilities to approach the interpretation of music, and&nbsp;actually that its radical to approach music differently.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Choral Arts Philadelphia performs Rossini’s <em>Petite Messe Solennelle </em>on Saturday, February 9 at 7 pm, at&nbsp; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Center City, Philadelphia.&nbsp; </strong></a></p><p></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents the Philadelphia Singers performing the work on Monday, February 18th at the Kimmel Center's&nbsp;Perelman Theater.</strong></a></p><p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:57:11 +0000 Susan Lewis 5085 at Glorious Sacred Music from Opera Master Rossini