St. Philip’s Church Choir to Perform Faure Requiem, April 6

Good Friday concert

The choir of St. Philip’s Church in the Highlands, in Garrison, will perform Gabriel Faure’s Requiem in D Minor on Good Friday (April 6) at 7:30 p.m. Faure’ composed the requiem between 1887 and 1890. He first called it “un petit Requiem” as it was originally written for the small choir of men and boys at L’Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris, where he served as organist and choirmaster. In later years movements were added and a version for chorus and full orchestra prepared. At St. Philip’s, the choir returns to the work’s early practice and will be accompanied by organ and harp.  

The Good Friday concert will also include three works by composers of different styles and centuries sung a cappella. Holy Week text O Vos Omnes (O Ye People) by:  Victoria (16th century), Gesualdo (17th) and Pablo Casals (20th). An early work by Faure’  “Cantique de Jean  Racine” will be sung prior to the Requiem.

The St. Philip’s Choir has 26 members drawn from community volunteers. Every Sunday from September through June it performs an anthem as part of the worship service as well as special concerts keyed to major Church events throughout the year.  Its repertoire includes work by composers from the 16th through 20th century.

Vocal soloists for the Faure’ Requiem will be choir members, Elizabeth Richter, soprano and Michael McKee, baritone.  The organist will be Craig Williams, organist/choirmaster of the Cadet Chapel, United States Military Academy, West Point. Alexandra Dow will be the harpist. The concert will be under the direction of Dr. Durward Entrekin, the music director of St. Philip’s.

St. Philip’s in the Highlands is located on Route 9D in Garrison, opposite the Garrison School, where parking will also be available.  There is no admission charge for the event, but donations at the door will be welcome. The Rev. Frank Geer is the church’s rector.

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