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Mozart Requiem

February 22 at 8:00 pm

The Akron Symphony Orchestra presents a trio of towering works, including Mozart's Requiem, which shares dark mysteries through its lyric beauty.

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Mozart Requiem

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Date:
February 22
Time:
8:00 pm
Cost:
$4 – $60
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E.J. Thomas Hall
198 Hill Street
Akron, OH 44325 United States
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Phone:
330.535.8131

The Akron Symphony Orchestra and Akron Symphony Chorus will present a trio of towering works – highlighted by Mozart’s Requiem – on February 22 at 8 p.m.

The evening will open with Beethoven’s Leonore Overture, which begins with a compelling crescendo before exploding into classic Beethoven; followed by Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, left unfinished at his death, which boasts one of the most gorgeous melodies ever composed.

The Orchestra will be joined by the Chorus, under the direction of Assistant Director Karen Ní Bhroin and four guest soloists for Mozart’s Requiem, a piece that the composer wrote for the chorus and soloists as if the future of their own souls were at stake.

The soloists for the evening include Timothy Culver and Brian Keith Johnson, both local favorites and longtime collaborators with the Akron Symphony; Gabrielle Haigh, a 2009 graduate of Laurel School in Shaker Heights; and Ann McMahon Quintero.

A Preview from the Podium, featuring Music Director Christopher Wilkins discussing the evening’s program, will begin at 7 p.m.

The concert is also part of our season-long Music and Art Poster Series, featuring local artists sharing work inspired by the music. Artists who are scheduled to have their work on display and for sale include Jennifer Sheriff, Galya Kerns, Georgio Sabino III and Rebecca Walton.

Following the concert, join a select group of Orchestra musicians for TalkBack, a guided and wide-ranging conversation that will offer a look at the evening’s performance through the eyes of the musicians. TalkBack will take place in the lobby at E.J. Thomas Hall.

Single tickets for the performance start at just $25. Tickets are available online or by calling the Symphony Box Office at 330.535.8131. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the concert as long as seats are available.

The performance will take place at The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, which is located at 198 Hill Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

On February 21, the Orchestra will host Beerthoven’s Fifth from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at R. Shea Brewing (Canal Place) in Akron. This free event provides an opportunity to talk with other music lovers in a fun and casual setting.

Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Gabrielle Haigh, soprano
Ann McMahon Quintero,
mezzo-soprano
Timothy Culver,
tenor
Brian Keith Johnson,
baritone
Akron Symphony Chorus
Karen Ní Bhroin,
Assistant Director

Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3
Schubert
Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”
Mozart Requiem

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Did You Know?

Mozart’s Requiem was composed in 1791 and was left unfinished at the time of his death. Mozart composed his Requiem with the belief it was for himself, but the work was actually commissioned by an anonymous nobleman, who had intended to pass it off as his own. (Source: Classic FM)

The facts surrounding Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony are scarce and mysterious, which has only heightened the intrigue over the years. There was no mention of this symphony made during the composer’s lifetime. It lay buried, like hidden treasure, in Anselm Hüttenbrenner’s cluttered study until the 1860s — more than 30 years after Schubert’s death — when it was dusted off to take its place as No. 8 among the known Schubert symphonies. (Source: CSO Sounds and Stories)

Beethoven composed no fewer than four different overtures for his opera, Fidelio, including three that bear the name of the opera’s heroine, Leonore. (Source: The Kennedy Center)

GUEST ARTISTS

Gabrielle Haigh (Soprano)

Northeast Ohio native Gabrielle Haigh (Laurel School 2009) is enjoying a career which balances opera, operetta, concert work, choral singing and art song in equal measure.

With the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan, Gabrielle has performed as Angel in Handel’s Joshua and Benjamin in Handel’s Joseph and His Brethren. She has appeared as soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s B Minor Mass with the San Jose Baroque Orchestra, and in Vaughan Williams’ Hodie with the Nova Vista Symphony.

In 2019, Gabrielle performed at Lyric Opera Studio Weimar as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and appeared in opera gala concerts with the Thüringer Sinfoniker Saalfeld-Rudolstadt. An avid recitalist, she was a 2019 Colburn Foundation Fellow at Songfest in Los Angeles.

Graduating from Cambridge University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Classics, Gabrielle frequently soloed with the renowned Clare College Choir, including several Harmonia Mundi recordings. Highlights include soprano solos in Brahms’ German Requiem in Kings College Chapel and in Handel’s Birthday Ode to Queen Anne with the European Union Baroque Orchestra.

Ann McMahon Quintero
(Mezzo-Soprano)

A true singing actor, Ann McMahon Quintero has never known a life without an audience to entertain. From her early days as an instrumentalist, chorister and dancer, she has evolved into a mezzo-soprano who enjoys a career on the operatic and concert stage where her rich voice has been praised for “warm, honeyed tones” (Baltimore Sun), and “fully nuanced” portrayals of characters ranging from Verdi’s Amneris, Azucena and Mistress Quickly to the Old Lady in Candide. In all she does, Ann brings to the stage deep intelligence, brilliant artistry and unmatched  confidence.

Ann’s recent orchestral engagements have included appearances with the Boston Baroque — with whom she frequently performs — as soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.; Haydn’s Requiem in C Minor and in their annual Messiah. She has also sung Messiah with the Charlotte and Alabama symphony orchestras and the National Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as soloist for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Williamsburg and Columbus Symphonies and the Buffalo Philharmonic with Joann Falletta. She recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 under the direction of Maestro Falletta with the Virginia Arts Festival as well.

Timothy Culver (Tenor)

Timothy Culver has been described as having “a rich but penetrating tenor” and that he “faces florid tenor writing with a fearless vivacity.” Since his professional debut in 2003, he has performed almost 40 different stage roles.

Equally at home in both operatic and musical theatre works, Timothy has performed with Atlanta Opera, Ann Arbor Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Porthouse Theatre, Akron Symphony, Bar Harbor Music Festival and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Recent roles include Cavaradossi in Tosca, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Luigi in Il Tabarro, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Canio in I Pagliacci, Il duca di Mantua in Rigoletto, Alfredo in La Traviata and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore. During the inaugural season of the Opera Theatre of Lucca in Lucca, Italy, Timothy performed and studied under the direction of internationally renowned baritone, Lorenzo Malfatti.

Currently, Timothy is an Associate Professor of Voice at the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University, where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He resides in Stow with his wife and three children.

Brian Keith Johnson
(Baritone)

Brian Keith Johnson is nationally acclaimed for his opera and oratorio performances and his “powerful presence” and “rich and gleaming” voice.

He has received raves for performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Blossom Festival Orchestra, New Opera Festival di Roma Orchestra in Rome, Italy, Canton Symphony, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Springfield Orchestra, Carolina Master Chorale, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Porthouse Theatre, Cleveland Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, The San Jose Ballet and The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

Area audiences know Brian from appearances with the WPO and star roles in Opera Western Reserve’s productions of Porgy and Bess, Barber of Seville, La Boheme, Pagliaci, Traviata, Madame Butterfly, Carmen, and The Marriage of Figaro.

Born and raised in Warren, Brian received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Akron. He studied abroad at The New Opera Academy of Rome in Italy and at The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. In 2018 Brian was inducted into the Warren City Schools Alumni Hall of Fame.

Brian is in his 30th year as a music teacher for The Akron Public School System, where he teaches general music at Findley CLC.

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