3/21/2013 11:31:00 AM "Requiem" to be performed on Maundy Thursday, March 28
The Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs. (Courtesy photo)
On Maundy Thursday, March 28, the Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church Harbor Springs and guest singers will present John Rutter's "Requiem" following the regular 6:00 p.m. Lenten Soup Supper. The supper will last until 6:30, at which time all will gather for communion around a large table in the Gathering Place. Following communion everyone is invited to come into the sanctuary for this special musical event.
John Rutter was personally inspired to write the "Requiem" in 1984 by the recent death of his father, who appreciated music but was not a professional musician himself. When we hear any Requiem we weave our own thoughts on death, especially as we prepare to mark the most profound death of all, that of our savior Jesus Christ.
Rutter's "Requiem" was musically inspired after the composer spent time with the original manuscript of Gabriel Fauré's "Requiem," a piece he has always loved, which he studied in a library in Paris. Rutter wanted his music to be inclusive and to be appreciated by all, not just those who are musically trained. The "Requiem" uses both English and Latin text in seven movements, several of which are based on the psalms, with a duration of 40 minutes. Michelle Mitchum on piano, Sally Page on keyboard and director Peter D. Sims on organ will accompany the 33-voice ensemble. Petoskey High School senior Chandler Cummings is the featured soprano soloist.
All are invited to attend. First Presbyterian Church Harbor Springs is located at the corner of W. Lake and Cemetery Roads and is completely handicap-accessible.