The choir at my church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, has lately been performing at least one major work each year, usually with a small orchestra. The piece might be a Bach cantata, a requiem, or some other sacred choral work. This year, we are performing the Duruflé Requiem, with the help of the Slippery Rock University Concert Choir & Chamber Singers. Playing the organ for the Requiem, as well as playing three other Duruflé organ works, will be Richard Elliott, the principal organist of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The concert is Saturday, April 17, 2010. Here is the poster announcing the event (click on the graphic for a larger view):
I never feel adequately rehearsed for these performances, but this may be primarily because I am not a professional musician. Invariably, the performances seem to be first rate.
This Requiem was the first large choral work I ever sang. I performed it more than 40 years ago in Chicago and fell in love with it. I’m sorry I’ve had to wait so long to sing it again.
I am excited about meeting and working with Richard Elliott, and I am looking forward to hearing him play the Prelude and Fugue on the Name Alain, one of my favorite organ compositions. (Click here to hear a recording of this piece.)
I realize that many people who read this blog have never set foot in Pennsylvania, but I want to invite everyone in the Pittsburgh area to join us this Saturday for what promises to be a wonderful concert.
Directions to St. Paul’s can be found here.