Verdi’s Requiem: His Greatest Opera?

“Upbeat with Alasdair” Scheduled for March 28 at The Community Library

SUN VALLEY, Idaho – Sun Valley Summer Symphony Music Director Alasdair Neale returns to host his popular, local-educational-speaking series, “Upbeat with Alasdair,” on Tuesday, March 28, with a lecture titled “Verdi’s Requiem: His Greatest Opera?” The lecture will explore Verdi’s Requiem, which will be performed during the 2017 Symphony season.

The performance of Verdi’s Requiem will feature a full symphony, a full chorus and solo vocalists.  It is considered by many to be the defining work by Italy’s most celebrated composer, an idea Maestro Neale will explore in the lecture.  Requiem will close the 2017 Symphony concert season on Aug. 17. The 80-minute work is known as a passionate and spectacular piece, and it will bring together the Sun Valley Summer Symphony with Metropolitan Opera stars Jamie Barton, Angela Meade, Issachah Savage and Alfred Walker, and the 150-member American Festival Chorus.

“I always look forward to giving this series of talks, not only because educational initiatives are a significant part of the Symphony’s mission, but also because the local community shares my passion for great music and the stories behind it,” said Maestro Neale. “Verdi’s Requiem is a true masterpiece that will shake you to your core, and you cannot fail to be deeply moved at the end of the journey. No matter what you believe, you are seeing something extraordinarily powerful and beautiful.”

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at The Community Library, 415 Spruce Ave. in Ketchum. The “Upbeat with Alasdair” series connects the Sun Valley Summer Symphony with its neighbors and the community.

“The Sun Valley Summer Symphony is proud of the adult education aspect of our organization,” said Jenny Krueger, executive director of the Symphony. “‘Upbeat with Alasdair’ is the primary initiative of our adult education offerings and provides our community the opportunity for a guided tour of the music.

“With Music Director Alasdair Neale as their guide, patrons can enjoy listening and learning about the background and history of the music, and they walk away from the lecture series with information that makes their next classical music experience even more enjoyable. That is what music education is all about and the Symphony is very dedicated to providing educational experiences like this to members of our community.”

Admission is free, but space is limited for these lively sessions, and the event is often full. Those interested are encouraged to arrive early. Reservations can be made by calling the Symphony office, (208) 622-5607, or by emailing

For those who are unable to attend the event live, the program will be broadcast on the Symphony’s website.

March 22, 2017