Sunday, April 22, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
You are cordially invited to our annual Spring Choral Concert, sponsored by the Cultural Events Committee of First United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 22 at 7 PM in our Sanctuary. Two requiem masses by John Rutter and Bradley Ellingboe are featured on the program, sung by the combined Chancel Choir and Masterwork Chorale, Carolyne DalMonte, soprano, and Patricia McAfee, mezzo-soprano, accompanied by a small chamber orchestra and Dr. Steven Gray on the organ, under the direction of Dr. Stanley M. Wicks, First Church's Director of Worship, Music and the Arts.
Rutter's "Requiem" (published in 1986) was last performed in our Sanctuary in 2007, sponsored by the Pacific Academy of Ecclesiastical Music (PACEM), under the baton of the composer himself. The first performance in our Sanctuary occurred in 1998, conducted by Robert Cooper, former Director of Music. This work combines the liturgical texts from the traditional Roman Mass for the Dead and the Book of Common Prayer (1662) Burial Service, with additions from Psalms 23 and 130. John Rutter is the most well-known and prolific late twentieth-century British composer of choral music, with many of his works recorded by his own choir, the Cambridge Singers.
On a side note, several of our choristers performing in our concert will be traveling to Florence, Italy to perform this work, with the composer conducting, at the Basilica di Santa Croce on Monday evening, June 4. If you happen to be in Florence at that time, please be sure to attend!
Ellingboe's "Requiem" (published in 2002) will have its first hearing in our Sanctuary at this concert. Like the Rutter this Requiem combines the liturgical texts from the traditional Roman Mass with Psalm 22, The Lord's Prayer, and poems by John Donne and George Herbert. Bradley Ellingboe has composed over 150 pieces of music and his "Requiem" has been heard at Carnegie Hall and many other venues in the US and Europe. He was Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of New Mexico from 1985-2015.
A free-will offering will be taken to help defray the expenses of the concert. Childcare is offered by RSVP to the church office at 619-297-4366.
For those who cannot attend the Sunday evening concert, you are most welcome to attend our open rehearsal on Saturday, April 21 at 2 PM