The Verdi Chorus will perform its annual Fall Concert with choruses from works by composers Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini and Georges Bizet Saturday and Sunday, November 21st and 22nd at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica.
Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. November 21st and 4 p.m. November 22nd at the church, 1008 11th St., Santa Monica.
On the program are opera choruses from “The Pearl Fishers” by Bizet, Verdi’s “Giovanna d’Arco” and Puccini’s “La Boheme,” as well as operettas by Sigmund Romberg and Victor Herbert. Soprano Ani Maldjian, tenor Bradley Wisk and baritone Museop Kim will appear as guest artists.
“The Verdi Chorus is the only chorus of its kind — an ensemble that focuses solely on performing works written for the opera chorus — in the Los Angeles area,” says music director and founder Anne Marie Ketchum, a soprano. “In fact, we’re named the Verdi Chorus because Verdi is an example of a composer who loved the chorus. He used it a lot and was a master at writing for it.”
At the Fall Concert, audiences will hear excerpts from one of Verdi’s earlier works “Giovanna d’Arco,” or Joan of Arc — a work infrequently performed, according to the chorus.
“But it is chock full of gorgeous music,” says Ketchum. “I kept getting distracted by music from the opera that we’re not going to do, it’s such a rich work. We’ll definitely revisit Giovanna d’Arco at future performances.”
The chorus will also perform the full Second Act Finale from Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” as well as excerpts from the Second Act of “La Boheme” by Puccini, with soprano Maldjian playing the role of the flirtatious singer Musetta.
“The chorus has a very strong presence throughout both operas,” Ketchum explains.
Tickets are $40 reserved; $30 general admission; $25 for seniors; and $10 for students. To order tickets for the Fall Concert or for more information about the Verdi Chorus, (310) 684-3024 or www.verdichorus.org/.