GLORIA featuring soprano Stephanie Jennings and bassoonist Dorian Antipa
We conclude our celebration of the Symphonic Choir’s 60th year with a glorious performance of one of the world’s most beloved choral works. Our own bassoonist Dorian Antipa completes a joyful evening of colorful music and song.
French composer and virtuoso pianist Louise Farrenc wrote two overtures that were considered to be inspired by Beethoven’s models of German absolute music. Her Overture No. 2 begins dramatically and leads quickly into a song-like theme.
Gabriel Fauré, another French composer whose musical style influenced many 20th-century composers, is best known for his Requiem, Après un rêve, and the Cantique de Jean Racine. Written when Fauré was 19 for a composition competition, the prizewinning sacred work is for mixed choir and orchestra.
Gioacchino Rossini, an Italian composer of 39 operas, also wrote chamber music, sacred music and concertos, including the virtuosic, showy Bassoon Concerto. Performing it is DORIAN ANTIPA, principal bassoonist with the Great Falls Symphony and a member of the Chinook Winds, who has performed extensively with orchestras in California, Connecticut and Illinois. He has also performed with the Helena and Billings Symphonies and enjoys playing his 17th-century baroque bassoon replica. Antipa is a passionate teacher and is bassoon professor at MSU-Bozeman.
As part of the notorious group of young French composers “Les Six,” Francis Poulenc wanted to break away from Germanic formality and French Impressionism. His first sacred work, the Gloria, is a large-scale work for soprano, four-part mixed chorus and orchestra, and consists of the words of the Mass set to music. Featured is soprano Stephanie Jennings. She has sung with the Houston Grand Opera and Dallas Opera for more than a decade, in operas that include Carmen, Madame Butterfly and La Bohème. She last appeared with the Great Falls Symphony on Carmina Burana in 2016.
Single admission tickets for the concert are available at the Civic Center Mansfield Box Office at 2 Park Drive South, Great Falls, by phone at 406.455.8514 (open Monday-Friday 11:00 am to 4:30 pm), or online 24-hours at https://ticketing.greatfallsmt.net/eventperformances.asp?evt=1280. Single tickets are $31-$37 for adults, $5 for students 20 and under. On the day of the concert, the box office in the theater lobby will open at 6:00 pm for ticket sales.
Start Time - 7:30:00 PM
End Time - 9:30:00 PM