A `Requiem' for the living Any list of the most...


March 21, 2002|By Tim Smith

A `Requiem' for the living

Any list of the most beautiful choral music ever written would have to include Maurice Durufle's Requiem. A more comforting reflection on death would be hard to imagine. Like fellow Frenchman Gabriel Faure before him, Durufle dispensed with the hair-raising, fire-and-brimstone passages traditionally included in the Latin as for the Dead and focused instead on thoughts of rest and peace. This music, with its eloquent melodies and ravishing harmonies, is very much for the living, not just the departed.

The Columbia Pro Cantare, directed by Frances Motyca Dawson, and the Second Presbyterian Church Choir, directed by Elam Ray Sprenkle, will join forces to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Durufle's birth with a performance of the Requiem. The program, part of the "Community Concerts at Second" series, also features works by three eminent English composers - Charles Villiers Stanford, William Walton and Edmund Rubbra. The performance is at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. Admission is free. For more information, call 410-889-6819 or 410-465-5744.

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