On April 15, 2008, Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem resounded through Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, brought to life by some 350 students from the choir, chorus, women's chorale, and symphony orchestra under the direction of Lawrence Doebler. Vocal soloists were soprano Sharon Sweet, mezzo-soprano Leah Summers, tenor David Parks, and baritone Randie Blooding. Sweet, who earned her master's degree at Ithaca College in 1978, has gone on to an international career including major roles in Europe and at the Metropolitan Opera. Jeffery Meyer also led the orchestra in the Tragic Overture by Johannes Brahms.
The concert was also presented in Ithaca at a free performance in Ford Hall on Sunday, April 13.
Since the early 1970s the School of Music has sponsored eight different concerts at Lincoln Center. In 1992, the concert featured five world-premiere performances of compositions commissioned by the School of Music to celebrate the centennial of Ithaca College. Ten years later, the concert celebrated the 80th birthday of Karel Husa, and, in 2005, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana filled Avery Fisher Hall.
A complete list of Lincoln Center performances in recent years:
- 2008: Verdi's Requiem, performed by the choral union and symphony orchestra
- 2005: Orff's Carmina Burana, performed by the choral union and symphony orchestra
- 1999: A Tribute to composer Karel Husa's 80th birthday, featuring the wind ensemble and symphony orchestra
- 1995: Performances by the symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, and women's chorale
- 1992: IC Centennial Concert, featuring five world premieres commissioned by Ithaca College