BRSO will perform sixth concert of its season on Thursday, Feb. 21

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra to perform Beethoven’s Eighth and Mozart’s Requiem with Chorus

The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra will perform its the sixth concert of the 2012-13 Investar Bank Masterworks series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, 275 St. Louis St.

The Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus will accompany soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and baritone soloists for an evening of big-name composers.

The all-Viennese program begins with composer Anton Webern, whose music was denounced by the Nazis as “Entartete Kunsi” (degenerate art).

His symphony, composed in 1928, is comprised of two movements and moves swiftly with easily discernible variations having their own instrumentation and rhythmic texture.

Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 8 in F major” harks back to his earlier symphonies in tribute to his Viennese predecessors, especially Haydn. The Eighth is good-natured, cheery and even humorous — as if Beethoven needed a rest from the tension of his powerful and dramatic Seventh.

Timothy Muffitt, the orchestra’s music director and conductor, and Chorus Master David Shaler will end the evening with Mozart’s “Requiem in D minor.” No single piece of classical music has generated as much speculation, rumor, mythology or revenue as Mozart’s Requiem.

The composer wrote for both the chorus and soloists as if the future of their own souls were at stake.

Guest artists on the program will be soprano Kristi Bulot, mezzo-soprano Gwendolyn Jones, tenor Michael Hendrick and baritone Vincent Turregano.

Bulot is a Louisiana native and the daughter of a New Orleans jazz saxophonist. She earned her bachelor of arts degree and master’s degree in vocal performance from LSU and most recently performed the role of “Donna Anna” in Don Giovanni at Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance and La Musicia Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy.

Jones has been a professional musician for more than 40 years. As an award-winning mezzo soprano, her career has spanned 82 roles in more than 42 opera companies throughout the United States, including New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, New Orleans Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.

Locally, Jones is the executive director of Kids’ Orchestra, a new after-school music education activity for children, kindergarten through fifth grade.

Hendrick has performed with leading opera companies and orchestras both in Europe and in North America, and Turregano recently performed with regional companies across Louisiana and in Texas in leading and comprimario roles.

Ticket holders are invited to the concert hall an hour prior for a pre-concert discussion with Music Director Timothy Muffitt.

Tickets are $25-$55.

For tickets or more information, call (225) 383-0500, ext. 100 or visit the website, http://www.brso.org.

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