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Rossini Messe Solennelle - South Bend Chamber Singers (South Bend, IN)

  • O’Laughlin Auditorium Saint Mary’s College South Bend, IN United States (map)

Italian composer Gioachino Rossini’s Pettite Messe Solennelle was written in 1863. The composer, who had retired from composing operas more than 30 years before, described it as “the last of my péchés de vieillesse” (sins of old age). In spite of the use of the word “petite” in the title, this is a major extended work in the missa solemnis tradition, for chorus, two pianos, and harmonium.  Alaskan conductor Emerson Eads is a doctoral student in Choral Conducting in the Program in Sacred Music at the University of Notre Dame.