An Evening of French Music: Faure’s Requiem & Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass


Saturday, December 1, 2018, 8:00pm


Sanders Theatre
Presented by: Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus
Tickets: Tickets Required

Faure encapsulated his Requiem and Gounod’s music when he said “It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience. The music of Gounod has been criticised for its inclination towards human tenderness. But his nature predisposed him to feel this way: religious emotion took this form inside him. Is it not necessary to accept the artist's nature? As to my Requiem, perhaps I have also instinctively sought to escape from what is thought right and proper, after all the years of accompanying burial services on the organ! I know it all by heart. I wanted to write something different.”

Come and enjoy an evening of rich, dynamic music that will inspire you, raise your spirits and fill your heart with warmth as we head into the Holiday Season.

This event will be accompanied by professional soloists and musicians on violin, cello, harp, and a Rodgers organ. When originally presented, due to the strictures on female singing in church, a single soloist sang all three parts.

Edward Elwyn Jones, Art Director, conducting
Ketti Muschler, soprano
Jonas Budris, tenor
David Tinervia, baritone
Thomas Sheehan, organ

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