The St. Charles Singers’ season-finale concert will feature the professional chamber choir’s first-ever performance of Italian composer Ildebrando Pizzetti’s “Messa di Requiem,” an early 20th-century masterpiece. English and American choral works, including folk-song settings, complete the program.
Pizzetti is known for operas that make exceptionally dramatic use of the chorus.
His “Requiem,” an unaccompanied work in five-movements completed in 1923, combines late Romantic harmonies with neo-Renaissance polyphony and Gregorian chant.
“This is deep-dish Pizzetti,” says Jeffrey Hunt, St. Charles Singers' founder and music director.
Music critics have called it “very listener friendly” and “a work of great beauty and sincerity” that “deserves to be far better known.”