Requiem: Britain and France

Our last concert of the season, with full orchestra and soloists, featuring two stunning interpretations of the Requiem Mass

From Dr. Julia Davids, Music Director: You probably already know and love Gabriel Fauré's stunning Requiem. The mellow sounds of violas, cellos, french horns, and the organ, the comforting soprano solo Pie Jesu, the haunting Libera Me with baritone and chorus, and the ethereal In Paradisum. This is a Requiem of comfort and assurance, filled with ‘Lux’ (or Light, in English.)

You may not have heard Bob Chilcott’s Requiem, however! There are lots of parallels between the two, including seven movements, lush orchestration (Chilcott’s has a larger orchestra including flutes, oboes, and clarinets) and beautiful melodies, two soloists (soprano and tenor), and the emphasis on ‘Lux’/Light! Published in 2010, this is one of a handful of larger works by Bob Chilcott, of King Singers’ fame. Did you know that Bob Chilcott sang the soprano solo (at the age of 12!) in a popular recording of Fauré's Requiem? You can clearly hear how Fauré's work influenced Chilcott. Check out the King’s College recording (with Robert Chilcott, treble) here: King's College

Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear both of these works with the North Shore Choral Society, full professional orchestra, fantastic soloists who are all emerging local artists (Kateri Gormley, soprano; Ryan Townsend Strand, tenor; Kyle Sackett, baritone) and in the beautiful acoustic of St. John Brebeuf, Niles. Get your tickets early! To purchase, call 773-956-8400 or online via the link below.

Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 3:00 pm

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