Inland Northwest Chorale preparing for two concerts in April.

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April 03, 2017
*********************************PRESS RELEASE**********************************

Our chorale is preparing for two concerts in April.
The dates & locations for the performances are:
Saturday, April 8, 4:00 pm, St. Peters Episcopal Church, La Grande, OR
Sunday, April 9, 4:00 pm, Weston Middle School, Weston, OR
Inland Northwest Chorale under the direction of R. Lee Friese, will perform the following pieces:
“Serenade to Music”, The words are from Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice, Act V, Scene I),  with music by R. Vaughan Williams and “Requiem” by Gabriel Faure
Serenade to Music was composed for and dedicated to Sir Henry J. Wood on the occasion of his Jubilee, in grateful recognition of his services to music, by R. Vaughan Williams.  This Serenade was performed for the first time on October 5, 1938.
            This piece features several short solos to be performed by:
            Arlene Thompson, Pendleton                          Becky Henshaw , Pendleton
            Mary Finney, Pendleton                                  Salli Ketchersid, Hermiston
            Erin DeCarlow, Hermiston                              Dean Mason, Hermiston
            Louise Kienzle, Hermiston                              Jamie Kienzle, Hermiston
            Phil Hector, Hermiston                                    Harvey Foreman, Pendleton
            Bill Monagle, Ione                                          Mary-Helen Wright, Athena
Gabriel Faure composed his Requiem in D minor, Op 48, between 1887 and 1890.  The choral-orchestral setting of the shortened Catholic Mass for the Dead in Latin is the best-known of his large works.  Its focus is on eternal rest and consolation.  Faure's reasons for composing the work are unclear, but do not appear to have had anything to do with the death of his parents in the mid-1880s.  He composed the work in the late 1880s and revised it in the 1890s, finishing it in 1900.
In seven movements, the work is scored for soprano and baritone soloists, mixed choir, orchestra and organ.  Different from typical Requiem settings, the full sequence Dies irae is omitted, replaced by its section Pie Jesu.  The final movement In Paradisum is based on a text that is not part of the liturgy of the funeral mass but of the burial.
Faure wrote of the work, “Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest”.
The piece premiered in its first version in 1888 in La Madeleine in Paris for a funeral mass.  A performance takes about 35 minutes.
Gabriel Faure's Requiem features two soloists, baritone Jacob Try from Pilot Rock and soprano RaNiel Dunn of Hermiston.
Concert Sponsor:  Senator Bill & Margaret Hansell
Corporate Sponsors:  US Bank Foundation, Pacific Power, Blue Mountain Community Foundation, The Oregon Community Foundation, Umatilla County Cultural Coalition and Oregon Arts Commission.
All Inland Northwest Musician performances are free to attend.  We gladly accept donations at the door.  A reception will follow each performance.


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