Upon hearing Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Napoleon remarked that it was neither petite nor solemn nor particularly liturgical. That said, Rossini’s final work – the capstone of a career spent writing for the stage (39 operas including The Barber of Seville) – gives truth to his famous claim that he could write music for any scenario. Rossini described the Petite Messe Solennelle as “the last of my sins of old age.” Incomparably beautiful, it’s a full-length concert work for chorus, solo vocal quartet, two pianos and organ. Now the New Dominion Chorale, under the direction of Thomas Beveridge, opens its 25th anniversary season with this masterwork. Vocal soloists include soprano Leah Crowne, mezzo-soprano Melissa Kornacki, tenor Joshua Baumgardner and bass Bob McDonald. The concert will also include pianists Thomas Pandolfi and Jeffrey Chappell and organist Todd Fickley.
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