When asked to nominate their favourite choral music, most people include Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem towards the top of their list. This work of exquisite simplicity and beauty transcends the sorrow of mourning with the hope of eternal peace, and is beloved by singers and audiences around the world.
The Phoenix Choir of the Blue Mountains are delighted to present this sublime masterpiece as part of their final concert series for 2014. Their Musical Director, Rowen Fox, has created a new arrangement of the work for cello, violin/viola, organ and piano, in accordance with the spirit of Fauré’s original, much more intimate, version.
The program includes other masterworks of the French Romantic tradition: the hauntingly beautiful Pie Jesu by Maurice Duruflé, sung by well-known local mezzo-soprano Lyn Phillips; Leon Boellmann’s spectacular Suite Gothique for organ, played by Tim Kaye, who is returning to organ playing after a very long break since he was organ scholar at Wadham College, Oxford; and what must be one of the most universally loved final-year assignments by a student of musical composition, Cantique de Jean Racine, composed by Fauré when he was just 19 years old.
The choir will perform in Lithgow on Sunday 2nd November, 3.00pm, Hoskins Memorial Uniting Church
This concert is dedicated to those who were lost in The Great War. Its Belle Epoch program showcases an artistic period of great beauty and creativity which came to an abrupt end with the war’s outbreak. Join us in remembrance of this historic event.
Tickets at the door: $20.00 adults, $15.00 concession Bookings: www.trybooking.com/FLRS Enquiries: 0417 200 487