The Verdi Chorus will present Wagner and Verdi: Opposing Roads to Greatness in its spring concert, a performance showcasing Richard Wagner’s and Giuseppe Verdi’s works for the opera chorus at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica.

Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 1st and 4 p.m. Sunday, May 2nd at the church, 1008 11th St., Santa Monica.

The event is part of the Ring Festival Los Angeles, a celebration of the Los Angeles Opera’s new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

“We’re thrilled to have been asked to take part in the Ring Festival L.A.,” said Anne Marie Ketchum, music director of the chorus. “Of course our goal with Wagner and Verdi is to celebrate the genius of both men.”

Featured music from Wagner includes Tannhauser, Parsifal, Lohengrin, Flying Dutchman, and Die Meistersinger. Featured music from Verdi includes Don Carlo, La Forza del Destino, Il Trovatore, and Aida.

Professional guest artists for the concerts are soprano Erin Wood, mezzo-soprano Cynthia Jansen, tenor Shem von Schroeck, and baritone In Joon Jang. Laraine Stivers-Madden is the chorus accompanist.

A pre-concert talk with composer Aurelio de la Vega will explore the lives and works of both operatic composers. De la Vega is a professor emeritus of California State University-Northridge, a musicologist, and winner of the Friedheim Award of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

Tickets are $30 for general seating, $25 for seniors over 60, and $10 for students. Reserved seats are $40.

Information, (310) 826-8309 or www.verdichorus.org/.

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