A Sunday climax
August 24, 2009
The Aspen Music Festival usually closes with some mega-production or other that displays the skills of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus. This year’s production will be Verdi’s Requiem.
JFK’s assassination in 1963 led to three days of non-stop TV coverage. To their ever-lasting credit, the Elisha family opened the lobby of their Hotel Jerome to the public. They set up a TV in the lobby with a few dozen folding chairs. This was the rabbit-ears era. Dozens of locals who did not have their own TV spent many hours there.
For me, the artistic highlight, even more than the funeral mass, was a live telecast of Verdi’s Requiem performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy.
My girlfriend of the time brought a pocket score that we followed. She said that it took heroic efforts to perform it on such short notice, especially for the chorus. Sunday’s production will surely be the season peak for the Colorado Chorus.
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