Thursday, October 27, 2011
The Friends of Music at First Congregational Church in downtown Saginaw, Michigan, acknowledge November, the month of remembrance, with a performance of Gabriel Fauré’s masterwork Requiem. The seven-movement work, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Sunday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m., in the congregation’s historic sanctuary.
Exultate Deo, a chamber choir comprised of singers from the Saginaw Valley, and baritone Adam Romulo Ignacio, will present Gabriel Fauré’s masterwork Requiem. Robert Sabourin will conduct the choir. Dr. Steven Egler will accompany the choir on the sanctuary organ.
Gabriel Fauré, who lived from 1845-1924, was a foremost French composer of the early 20th century. In an oft-quoted interview from 1902, Fauré indicated that Requiem “does not express the fear of death” as do some compositions; rather, it is a musical depiction of “a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness.”
This choral masterwork is performed in loving memory of the members and friends of First Congregational Church who died since November 2010, especially the following persons: Leta Bloomfield, Gretchen Smith, Betty Reid, Lucille Mahan, Jeanne Draper, Robert E. Wendland, Jessie Iliff, William Nickle, Bob Chandler, Peggy Parker, Chrystal Toft, Dr. John Manning, Tom Fry, Bernie Darvill, Gary Egler, and Betty Ostler.
Friends of Music support the musical happenings of First Congregational Church; the support of Friends of Music patrons and free-will contributions of guests assists in underwriting the cost of all series events. Members are music enthusiasts from the congregation and/or community at large -- members are aficionados of the pipe organ, choral music, chamber music, and the like. The church, which dates to 1868, is acoustically superb. The congregation is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and has recognized excellence and eclecticism in its musical offerings since the 1800’s.
The congregation is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and has recognized excellence in musical outreach and community service since the 1800’s. The Rev. Dr. Todd S. Farley, PhD, is the congregation’s Senior Minister. If you would like more information, please contact Nicholas Schmelter, Director of Music Ministries, at the church office center, (989) 754-6565.