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Date(s) - 02/04/2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

St. Paul's Presbyterian Church


Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 4:00pm

John Rutter’s Requiem, plus smaller choral works, with guest professional chamber choir, La Movida

It has been suggested that at any given minute, some choir somewhere in the world is singing some John Rutter music. It is a lovely thought, and I hope it’s true. He is still conducting, composing, and recording.

At the Christmas season, Rutter’s music is everywhere if we care to listen and take it in: wonderfully tuneful, joyous and bright, with melodies that rise above so much that we hear during that season.
The thrilling first movement of Rutter’s Magnificat was featured in Oriana’s Winter Solstice concert in November 2016, and the brightly flowing, tumbling opening melody has never left those who sang it and many of our audience who heard it. For wherever the pen of John Rutter touches down, beautiful melody follows.

John Rutter was born in 1945 and forty years later his Requiem that Oriana Singers will be performing, was first presented to the public. Despite being a traditional requiem mass for the dead, it is beautifully melodic, (as all Rutter repertoire is) and has an uplifting tone that suggests the sadness will lift and peace will be at hand for the departed and for those who remain to mourn.

The text is the standard Latin Mass for the Dead, with the addition of Psalm 23, a common reading at Church of England funerals, and intermingling of English words from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Latin text and translation

English text from the Burial Service (slightly altered); Latin text, Missa pro defunctis English translations by John Rutter.

A Google search will yield several good recordings on You Tube of Rutter’s Requiem. Please give the work a listen; and then come to hear it LIVE on April 2, for choral music is meant to be experienced in person. Come and hear for yourself.