The performance will use Rossini’s original scoring for two pianos and a harmonium, and begins at 7:30 pm at St. Mary’s parish church, Uttoxeter.
Rossini mystified the operatic world by retiring from the theatre at the height of his fame in 1829, over three decades before his death. But whatever his reasons, it was not because he had run out of musical inspiration: Decades later, living the high life in Paris, he again took up his pen and composed his final masterpiece in 1864, an astonishing 35 years after his last opera. Petite Messe Solennelle is filled with sparkling wit and operatic flair. Rossini called it “the last of my sins of old age.” It created an immediate sensation, notwithstanding the comment, attributed to Napoleon III, that the work was “neither petite, nor solemn, nor particularly liturgical.” Like all of Rossini’s music, it is melodic, spirited, and irresistibly engaging.
The choir will be joined by soloists Laura Elizabeth Sheerin, Hanna-Liisa Kirchen, David Douglas and Colin Brockie.
Tickets are priced at £10, free to the under 16s, and are available from www.uttoxeterchoralsociety.co.uk or on 01283 732858.
Thanks to Alex Scanlon for the info.