Thursday, April 24, 2008 | 1:20 p.m.
Music listeners know Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini for his comic opera "Barber of Seville" and the overture to his opera "William Tell."
But here's a chance to hear a more somber side of Rossini through "Stabat Mater." The 13th century Roman Catholic sequence hymn meditates on the suffering of Mary during Christ's crucifixion. Rossini set to music in 1932 and later revised in 1942.
On Saturday and Sunday Guardian Angel Cathedral, the 1960s Catholic church designed by famed architect Paul Revere Williams, will present "Stabat Mater" featuring the Peoples Valley Chorus and Orchestra and soloists.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Guardian Angel Cathedral is located near the Strip at 302 Cathedral Way. Performances are free. For more information, call 735-5241.