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MSO: Patricia Racette, Soprano
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Program
Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201
Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite
Poulenc: Stabat Mater
Haydn: Te Deum

Performers
Madison Symphony Orchestra
Madison Symphony Chorus
Patricia Racette, soprano
John DeMain, conductor

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Soprano Patricia Racette was more than fabulous in the first Madison performance of Poulenc's sombre Stabat Mater with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of John DeMain. It's an incredible voice and so intelligently used. Copland's Appalachian Spring, a work that helped fix the shape of idiomatically American music, got a truly inspired pair of performances from both DeMain and the players. Mozart's Symphony No. 29 opened the program with grace and warm delicacy, and Haydn's vigorously celebratory Te Deum closed out not only the MSO's current subscription series but also the 31-year career of tympanist James Lattimer, who received long standing ovations from the audience and his musician colleagues.

Isthmus, April, 1999
Copyright 1999 Jess Anderson




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