About This Program
Stabat Mater is based on a medieval poem honoring the suffering of Mary as she witnessed Jesus’s crucifixion. While many composers have set this text to music, Pergolesi’s iteration remains a poignant statement on a mother’s loss, displaying an emotional intimacy in an era when much sacred music tended toward the austere. Pergolesi’s evocative work serves as a centerpiece for reflection this Easter holiday. Music from Italian Baroque composer Locatelli opens this program, and is followed by one of Haydn’s earliest symphonies, Symphony No. 7.