February 23, 2015
La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Amasses 300 performers for Berlioz’s Spectacular “Requiem”

La Jolla, Calif. (February 23, 2015) — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) performs Hector Berlioz’s Requiem in its fourth concert of its 60th anniversary season. Music Director Steven Schick will conduct orchestra, chorus, and special guests -- the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and tenor soloist John Tiranno, in one of the most fabulous pieces of music ever conceived. The concert is offered in three performances: March 13-15, 2015.

Berlioz’s Requiem is one of the grandest settings of the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead. It is also one of the composer’s most famous works and is remarkable both for its grandeur and original conception of sound. Berlioz knew while composing it that his Grand messe des morts, as he called it, would be premiered in Les Invalides, the cathedral of the military hospital in Paris. With the cathedral’s huge, resonant interior and gigantic dome in mind, Berlioz created a sound that would fill that space. For an “ideal” performance, the composer imagined an orchestra of 200 and a chorus of equal size that could be doubled or tripled, as space permitted. As important as amassing these large forces was the disposition of the performers, for where the sound was coming from mattered a great deal to the composer. Berlioz surrounds the chorus and orchestra with four brass ensembles that burst to life at climactic points and eight pair of timpani to lend their thunder to dramatic moments.

Combining 70 voices from the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus with its own 130-voice chorus, large orchestra, four brass bands and 16 timpani, the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will perform Requiem in all its spectacle.

The performances take place March 13, 14 and 15 in Mandeville Auditorium at UC San Diego. Concert times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. A pre-concert lecture is given by Steven Schick one hour prior to concert times. Individual tickets to Requiem are $36 general, $34 senior, and $18 student. Group discounts are available. A parking fee is required on Friday. Parking is free on Saturday and Sunday. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the LJS&C office at (858) 534-4637.

The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, San Diego’s oldest and largest community orchestra and chorus, is a non-profit musical performing group dedicated to inspiring San Diego with the joy of music. Its 110-person orchestra and 130-person chorus perform groundbreaking orchestral and choral music along with traditional favorites from the classical repertoire. During the 60th season, maestro Steven Schick shares the podium with David Chase, LJS&C choral director, performing works by Beethoven, Berlioz, Bernstein, Ives, Mahler, Nielsen, Ung, and more.