Giacomo Puccini, Messa di Gloria
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 publication in 1951. This delightful piece is full of Puccini’s beautiful melodies and operatic flourishes, foreshadowing his great successes to come.
With San Jose Baroque Orchestra and carols in the lobby by Vivace Youth Chorus of San Jose
Date: Monday, December 10, 2018, 7:30 pm.
Get Tickets: Symphony Silicon Valley ticket office (408) 286-2600 x23
Learn More about Messiah
Buy the Score: available for purchase at the event
Season of Hope Benefit Concert
Conrad Susa, Carols and Lullabies of the Southwest
Plus additional seasonal music
Date: Monday, December 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Both are Free Concerts
Learn More about Conrad Susa
Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Mass in D Major
Ludwig Van Beethoven, Mass in C Major
The onset of the 19th century saw revolutions that defined a new government in France and a new country in America. Social change began that ended slavery, and industrial change revolutionized travel and the work place. Music moved away from the defined forms of classicism towards the romantic era. Two names that epitomize these musical transitions are Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Hummel.
SJSC will pair two masses, one by each composer, allowing comparison of the styles and gifts of these two important classical contemporaries.
Henry Mollicone, Ladybird: First Lady of the Land
Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 2 (Lobgesang)