Recent Concert

Fall 2022
A Verdi Puccini Fest
Sat, Nov 12 7:30 PM Sun, Nov 13 4:00 PM

The Verdi Chorus’ 39th season culminates with  A Verdi Puccini Fest, for two performances only at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica on November 12 and 13.  Led by Founding Artistic Director Anne Marie Ketchum, the Verdi Chorus is the only choral group in Southern California that focuses primarily on the dramatic and diverse music for opera chorus. This program, which Ketchum says  includes “some of the most exciting moments from two of the greatest operatic composers who ever lived,” will feature selections from four Verdi operas – I Lombardi, Don Carlo, Rigoletto, and La traviata, and sequences from Puccini’s Turandot, La bohème, Suor Angelica, Tosca, La fanciulla del West, and La rondine.

Conductor Anne Marie Ketchum says, “Both Verdi and Puccini were masters of writing operatic music that was extremely theatrical. Verdi is known for melody, and Puccini is known for dramatically writing for the orchestra with his striking use of colors and rhythm in a rich theatrical style. They are truly deserving of being referred to as two of the greatest opera composers that ever lived.  In terms of the opera chorus, Verdi wrote for the chorus as an actual character and force in what the leading characters were saying and doing, and Puccini wrote musical tones and hues for the chorus to illustrate more deeply the story being told.”

Fall 2022
Concert Program
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
"O signore dal tetto natio"
The Chorus
Jamie Chamberlin Granner, Nathan Granner and the Chorus
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
"Carlo il sommo Imperatore"
Fox Solo and the Men of the Chorus
"Dio che nell' alma infondere"
Mr. Granner and Ben Lowe
"Spuntato ecco il di"
The Chorus
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
"La donna e mobile"
Mr. Granner
"Povero Rigoletto!"
Mr. Lowe and the Men of the Chorus
"Cortigiani, vil razza dannata"
Mr. Lowe
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
"Libiamo ne' lieti calici"
Ms. Chamberlin Granner, Mr. Granner and the Chorus
"Sempre libera degg'io"
Ms. Chamberlin Granner
"Noi siamo zingarelle" and "Di Madride noi siam mattadori"
The Chorus
Act III Finale "Ne appellaste? Che volete?"
Ms. Chamberlin Granner, Mr. Granner, Mr. Lowe, Fox soloists and the Chorus
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
"Gira la cote"
The Chorus and Mr. Granner
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
"O soave fanciulla"
Ms. Chamberlin Granner and Mr. Granner
"En un coupe?"
Mr. Granner and Mr. Lowe
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
"Senza mamma" and "Sorella, o buona sorella"
Ms. Chamberlin Granner and the Women of the Chorus
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
"Tre sbirri...Una carrozza"
Mr. Lowe and the Chorus
"E lucevan le stelle"
Mr. Granner
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
"Che faranno i vecchi miel"
Mr. Lowe and the Men of the Chorus
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Act I Scene 1 "Amore! O cielo! lo struggo!" and "Chi il bel sogno di Doretta"
Ms. Chamberlin Granner, Joseph Garate and the Chorus
"Nella dolce carezza"
Soloists and the Chorus
"Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso"
Ms. Chamberlin Granner, Mr. Granner, Mr. Lowe and the Chorus
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