GJ Orchestra ends season with ‘Te Deum’

Guiseppe Verdi’s “Te Deum” will conclude the 2012–13 concert season for Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.

For this performance, set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St., the symphony will be joined by The Schumann Singers, the Western Colorado Chorale and the Colorado Mesa Concert Choir.

They will present Richard Wagner’s “Prelude to Die Meistersinger,” Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 88 and two pieces by Verdi: “Stabat Mater” and the finale, “Te Deum.”

According to the concert notes at gjsymphony.org, Verdi approached the text of “Te Deum” differently than was traditional.

“It is usually a canticle of praise within the Roman Catholic service to rejoice over victories in war, most often over other Christians. He wrote the director of the Capella Anontiana in Padua: ‘I know several old settings of the Te Deum and I have heard a few modern ones. But I am not convinced by the interpretation given in the Canticle. It is usually sung at great, solemn festivals, celebrating a victory or a coronation, etc. At the beginning Heaven and Earth rejoice ... but half way through the color and tone change ... and Christ is born of the Virgin and appears to mankind…and ends with a prayer…pitiful, gloom, distress approaching even terror!’

“Verdi’s ‘Te Deum,’ therefore, has nothing to do with victories and coronations, and more of a plea for salvation and a confession of faith,” the notes concert notes said.

Tickets for this performance range from $15–$25 for adults and are $5 for students with ID. Purchase tickets at gjsymphony.org or by calling 243-6787.

The Grand Junction Symphony Guild will host a pre-concert event featuring tapas and local wines at 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 1425 N. Fifth St., across the street from the high school. Tickets to the tapas event are $20.

Go to gjsymphony.org or call 243-6787 for information.


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