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Verdi: An Opera In Disguise

    04.19.17 | Fine Arts

    SWU Professor of Music Dr. Don Campbell will conduct the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC) Chorale and Chamber Orchestra April 28, performing Verdi: An Opera In Disguise.

    The Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC) Chorale and Chamber will join forces with the Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) Concert Choir The Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC) Chorale and Chamber Orchestra will join forces with the Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) Concert Choir in a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem under the direction of Dr. Don R. Campbell on Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Boulevard Baptist Church. 

    Titled  An Opera In Disguise: Verdi’s “Requiem” in a nod to the beloved masterpiece’s dramatic flair, the performance will feature soloists Kristen Wunderlich, Julia West, Jonathan Pilkington and Washington Isaac Holmes. 

    Written in memory of Italian poet, novelist and national hero, Alessandro Manzoni, Requiem was composer Giuseppe Verdi’s only large-scale work not written for the Opera stage. Though the work is liturgical, its operatic character, lyrical solos and dramatic use of orchestra and large chorus prompted opera lovers and critics alike to describe it as “Verdi’s latest opera, in church vestments” following its premiere in 1874.  Featuring a combined choir of 180 singers with orchestra, GAMAC’s An Opera In Disguise promises to continue this legacy.

    In soprano Kristen Wunderlich, mezzo-soprano Julia West, tenor Jonathan Pilkington, and baritone Washington Isaac Holmes, the GAMAC Chorale and SWU Concert Choir will perform with soloists of the highest caliber.  Kristen Wunderlich teaches voice and vocal pedagogy at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. As a dramatic soprano, she has been active on stage in both oratorio and opera with such ensembles as The Orchestra of New Spain, The Helios Ensemble, and The Texas Chamber Orchestra among others. Julia West directs the Choral and Band programs at Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, in addition to teaching private voice in her studio in Clemson. A native of Seattle, West won the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in her home district two years in a row.   Jonathan Pilkington serves as assistant professor of music at Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga. A featured soloist and professional chorister, he has performed with such groups as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic. Washington Isaac Holmes serves as assistant professor of Music at Paine College in Augusta, Ga. A native of Graniteville, he has performed as a soloist and chorister throughout the United States, Hong Kong, Russia, Europe, and South Korea. He and Jonathan Pilkington were featured soloists in the GAMAC Chorale’s 2013 performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.   

    An Opera In Disguise: Verdi’s “Requiem” will conclude GAMAC’s 2016-2017 Masterworks Series for the summer months. Tickets are available by calling the GAMAC office at (864) 231-6147. Prices are $20 for adults and $10 for students. While advanced purchases are encouraged, tickets will also be available for sale at the door prior to the performance. This event is sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. John Miller, Mr. & Mrs. Mason Garrett, Techtronic Industries Power Equipment, Southern Wesleyan University and The GAMAC Chorale. 

    Additional support is provided in part by Anderson County and The City of Anderson through Accommodations Tax Funding.  Support is also provided in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding in part from The National Endowment for the Arts.