As this is the annual concert the Chorale gets to shine, it’s also the perfect opportunity for Fett to step in.
“It’s great to have all these forces working together since this is one of the biggest draws of the year, one we can do for a big audience,” he said.
Fett knew it was a possibility he could be stepping in and got the call in January, allowing a few weeks to prepare.
It isn’t his first turn at the podium. Fett also conducted two years ago for the Symphony’s Mozart Festival, and his familiarity with the musicians also helps.
“That’s a great moment when you step in front of the orchestra,” he said.
Fett is equally excited about the piece.
“ ‘The Human Requiem’ is as beautiful as it gets, and when you get it you don’t want to pass it up,” he said. “The fifth movement is one of my favorites.”
He explained it’s a spiritual piece of music that speaks to people in a very universal way.
There are 98 performers in the Chorale, and this will amp up the energy, Fett said. He’s worked with Hood previously and looks forward to reuniting with him, while Shackleton Williams was recommended by the guest conductor who had to bow out.
“This is one of the top line pieces you’re ever going to hear,” Fett said.
This concert will be presented without an intermission.
The Opening Notes and Performance Prelude will feature Jennifer Wightman and the Springfield Children’s Chorus at 2:15 p.m. in the Turner Studio Theatre.
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How to go
What: Springfield Symphony Orchestra, MasterWorks III, The Human Requiem
Where: Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield
When: 3 p.m. Sunday, March 19
More info: 937-325-8100 or www.springfieldsym.org