Akron Symphony to perform Verdi’s Requiem

What: The Akron Symphony Orchestra will present Verdi’s Requiem

Where: The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, 198 Hill St.

When: May 5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A Preview from the Podium, begins at 7. The performance is at 8.

Why you should go: It’s “the first time in 20 years that the Symphony will present this monumental, imaginative and powerfully theatrical composition,” according to the Akron Symphony’s website.

Verdi’s Requiem is one of music’s greatest masterpieces, providing artistic, emotional and spiritual sustenance whenever it is performed. No amount of discussion or analysis could exhaust its content, and yet any comments on it seem almost unnecessary — the Requiem speaks eloquently for itself and its composer. Perhaps it is most prudent to agree with Johannes Brahms, who honored his Italian colleague when he said, simply, “Verdi’s Requiem is a work of genius.”

How much: $25-$60

How to get more information: Visit akronsymphony.org/concerts/verdi-requiem.6908

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