Grand Rapids Symphony presents Verdi Requiem

Verdi Requiem

Marcelo Lehninger Conductor  | Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus Pearl Shangkuan, Director | Calvin College Capella Pearl Shangkuan, Director


Someone once called the Verdi Requiem ‘Aida in church!’ This may seem to be an odd or even disrespectful comparison, but this monumental masterpiece was written in 1874 not long after Aida, which Verdi thought was going to be his farewell to opera.


Verdi, who was spiritual, but not a regular churchgoer, poured his most mature vocal and dramatic gifts into this Mass for the Dead and for the premiere used two of the four original singers from Aidaas soloists. From the supplications of the Kyrie and the Agnus Dei to the sheer terror of the Dies Irae (Day of Judgment), Verdi creates a Sistine Chapel in music.


Ticket prices start at $18. Get your tickets early! Ticket prices may fluctuate based on demand. Additional fees will apply. Purchase tickets at the DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Event Times:
Fri, Nov 17, 2017
8:00 PM
Sat, Nov 18, 2017
8:00 PM
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