While writing the Stabat Mater in Paris, Rossini apparently complained to friends: “I am searching continually for melodic motives, and all that comes into my mind is pastries, truffles and such things.” It was finished in 1841.

The concert also will feature Faure’s Pavane. Originally a piano piece, it is better known in Faure’s version for orchestra and chorus, “conjuring a cool, somewhat haunting elegance,” he said.

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