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Choir, guest musicians combine talents for sacred concert

Rutter "Requiem" to be performed Sunday

POSTED: October 31, 2013 1:00 a.m.

An adaptation of the “Tridentine Requiem Mass” completed by John Rutter in 1985 will be performed by the chancel choir of First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville with several guest musicians from the Atlanta area at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.

Sunday’s concert is the third in a series of five special events at First Presbyterian Church. The series helps support the church’s Chancel Choir in its upcoming tour to Italy in April. Tickets are $20 and available at the church at 800 S. Enota Drive.

The church’s choir director Michael Henry has chosen the orchestral accompaniment version with chamber ensemble and organ accompaniment. Henry said each instrument has soloistic moments to contribute to the ensemble.

Two demanding instrumental roles will be filled by well-known local cellist Wendy Baker and harpist Patricia Anderson. Baker’s solo on the second movement, “Out of the Deep” (Psalm 130), is Rutter’s attempt to musically depict the depth of human sorrow that can accompany the grieving the loss of loved ones.

Anderson’s harp has major accompanying tasks throughout the entire composition. A resident of Woodstock, she plays throughout the Southeast, including solo roles with the Savannah and Jacksonville symphonies.

“We have enjoyed Patricia’s wonderful artistry on several previous concerts, and look forward to having her join us on the Rutter,” Henry said.

Daniel Merck, percussionist and band director at Chestatee High School, will fill a cameo role on the glockenspiel on the Sanctus movement of Requiem. Other ensemble members are coming from the University of Georgia Hodgson School of Music.

The guest soprano soloist will be Karen Lupton from Atlanta. A professional singer with credits in opera as well as oratorio, Lupton’s recent recitals have garnered her national recognition, including awards in The American Prize in Vocal Performance and Art Song competition.

For more information, call 770-530-9248.


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