Christ Church choir to perform Fauré’s ‘Requiem’ Nov. 1
EASTON — The Parish Choir and friends of Christ Church Easton will present a special concert for All Saints Day at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.
The concert will feature the revered masterwork “Requiem” composed by French composer Gabriel Fauré between 1887 and 1890. It is the most familiar of all of the composer’s larger works and premiered in its original form in 1888 at the Church of SainteMarie-Madeleine in Paris.
The seven-movement work which focuses on eternal rest and consolation includes choir with soprano and baritone solos. Soloists for the performance will include soprano Laurie Alltop, with baritone solos performed by Patrick Mason and Randall Bachand. Accompanying the choir will be Dale Krider at the organ and harpist Rebecca Anstine Smith of the National Philharmonic Orchestra with Wes Lockfaw conducting.
Included in the concert will be works from several other well known composers including “Pie Jesu” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, “O How Amiable” by Ralph Vaughn Williams and “Happy and Blest are They” taken from Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio “St. Paul.”
All Saints Day, also known as All Hallow’s Day, the Feast of All Saints and Solemnity of All Saints, is a Christian festival honoring all saints, known and unknown. In Western Christianity, it is celebrated annually on the first day of November.
There is no admission charge for this performance, though a freewill offering will be received.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Christ Church is at 111 S. Harrison St., Easton. For more information, call 410-822-2677 or visit ChristChurchEaston. org.
This performance is presented by the Christ Church Concert Series which is supported in part by the Talbot County Arts Council with funds provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.
The choir and musicians of Christ Episcopal Church in Easton will perform Faure’s “Requiem” and other works on All Saints Day, Nov. 1.