Mastersingers, CBC choir to sing with symphony

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerMay 17, 2013 

More than 100 voices will join the Mid-Columbia Symphony on May 18 for an evening of celebrated music at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

The Mid-Columbia Mastersingers and Columbia Basin College Concert Choir will lend their vocal talents to the evening along with Tri-City soprano Mitzi Lundberg, tenor Adam Shelton from Wisconsin, baritone Jeremy Irland from Walla Walla and alto Emily Muller Callender from Pendleton.

This is the final concert in the symphony's 2012-13 season, and maestro Nick Wallin said the music pays tribute to the songs of love and war.

"The first half of the concert presents two excerpts from well-loved Italian operas," Wallin said. "Giuseppe Verdi was born in 1813, so we are recognizing his 200th birthday with a performance of his overture to La Forza del Destino (The Force of Destiny). The overture presents several of the lovely melodies featured in Verdi's tangled tale of forbidden love, fate, jealousy and vengeance."

Other celebrated pieces include Haydn's Mass in a Time of War and Puccini's finale in Act I of La Bohème.

Lundberg and Shelton will take on the roles of Mimi and Rodolfo from La Bohème, singing the arias of when they first meet and fall in love, Wallin said.

"It features Rodolfo's aria Che Gleida Manina and Mimi's aria Si, Mi Chiamano Mimi and their glorious duet O Soavee Fanciulla."

Haydn's Mass is a festive piece of music that features sparkling numbers for four soloists, Wallin added.

"It's exciting and dramatic writing for the chorus, and Haydn's wit and melodic genius is on display in the orchestral accompaniment," he said.

The drum roll in the Agnus Dei betrays a certain sense of foreboding and has led to the additional nickname for the Mass, Paukenmesse, Walla said.

"The Mass ends with a dancelike celebration, which was especially meaningful to Haydn and his audience in Vienna in 1796 and has resonance for us in present day," he said.

Concert time is 8 p.m. Tickets cost from $27 to $52 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com or the Toyota Center box office. Tickets purchased at the box office avoid service charges.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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