ECSO Palm Sunday Concert

Posted on March 30, 2022 in: General News, Music

ECSO Palm Sunday Concert

Sunday, March 10 at 7:30PM

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The performance will open with Adagio for Organ and Strings, a sublime piece by 18th-century Venetian master Tomaso Albinoni, as reconstructed by musicologist Remo Giazotto. Three of the remaining nine pieces on the program were written by Johann Sebastian Bach: Air from Suite No. 3, familiar to many as “Air on the G String”; the Adagio movement from Bach’s Violin Concerto in E Major, featuring ECSO concertmaster Stephan Tieszen; and the aria “Blute nur, du liebes Herz (Bleed now, loving heart)” from the monumental St. Matthew Passion, sung by soprano Jūratė Švedaitė.

Švedaitė, a graduate of the Lithuanian Academy of Music who teaches at Connecticut College, will also sing Desdemona’s moving “Ave Maria” aria from Giuseppe Verdi’s 1887 opera Otello, based on Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Othello. Tieszen, too, will make a second appearance as the soloist in an opera excerpt, playing the heartrending “Méditation” from Jules Massenet’s Thaïs of 1894. The third opera excerpt on the program is the “Intermezzo” from Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana of 1890. From the famous setting of the hymn to Mary known as Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, who died in 1736 aged 26, the ECSO will perform the contrasting sections “Vidit suum” and “Cujus animam.”

Closing out the program will be two late 19th-century pieces: the stately Chanson de Nuit, written by Pomp and Circumstance composer Edward Elgar; and “Preghiera (Prayer),” the gently flowing third movement of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Mozartiana.

Goodwill donations collected at the event will benefit the ECSO and the St. Vincent de Paul Place in Norwich, CT.

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