Join the San Jose Symphonic Choir for our season opening concert, featuring Giacomo Puccini's Messa di Gloria, on Saturday, December 1, 2018.|
Few people realize that Puccini wrote sacred music, since he is known today as an opera composer, renowned for La Boheme, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, among other works. But he did: Puccini was the fourth generation of a family of church musicians in Lucca in northern Italy, and was indeed familiar with sacred music and liturgical practice. Trained to carry on the tradition, his life changed forever when he attended a production of Verdi's Aida, and realized his true calling was opera. He was just graduating from music academy, and wrote the Messa di Gloria both as his graduation composition, and as a farewell to the sacred music tradition of his family. Performed to great success in 1880, it was filed away and not heard again until its rediscovery in 1951. This delightful piece is full of Puccini's beautiful melodies and operatic flourishes, foreshadowing his great successes to come.
The program includes other seasonal selections. Accompanied by Nova Vista Symphony and performed at Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, Saratoga at 7:30 pm.
Refunds on ticket purchases available only within 12 hours of purchase or at end of ticket sales.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (View)
13601 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|