Verdi, Wagner to be featured at Friday concert at Trinity Episcopal

VERO BEACH — Space Coast Symphony will close their Masterwork Series with a passionate concert featuring the “Verdi Requiem” on Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2365 Pine Ave., Vero Beach. The large Central Florida production opens with Richard Wagner’s powerful Overture to Tannhäuser and features Verdi’s grand Requiem Mass on the second half of the program.

Not surprisingly, Verdi’s epic Requiem is stylistically closer to opera than to other religious works of the time. Choral singers from numerous local groups will sing the Verdi score, along with professional singers as principal soloists.

Soprano Kimberly Saunders Randall, mezzo soprano Regina Torres, tenor Tesfa Yohannes Wondemagegnehu and Kyle Knappenberger, bass, will turn up the volume in Verdi’s powerful Requiem.

Tickets are $20 in advance. “Symphony for Everyone” discounted tickets are available through the orchestra website at or can be reserved by calling (321) 536-8580. Tickets may also be purchased at one of several convenient ticket outlets, including Marine Bank & Trust (beachside and mainland branches) and Madison Avenue Consignments. Tickets at the door are an additional $5. Students 18 years of age and under admitted free.

Artistic Director Aaron Collins is delighted with the level of talent on the program.

“The Verdi soloists are fantastic,” said Collins. “Each is very talented in their own right and will make Verdi’s passionate Requiem come alive for Central Florida audiences. Epic doesn’t begin to describe it.”

For more information about the Space Coast Symphony 2011/12 performing Season and ticketing, visit or call (321) 536-8580.

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