AN AMERICAN REQUIEM
Friday, June 1, 2018
Doors 6:15pm, Pre-Concert Discussion 6:30pm, Concert 7:30pm
Peace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley
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Ryan Murray, conductor
Music in the Mountains Festival Chorus and Chamber Orchestra
An American Requiem is a monumental work of choral music by the composer James DeMars.
Following the 1992 Los Angeles riots subsequent to the Rodney King trial, Dr. James DeMars, a professor of Music Composition at Arizona State University, was commissioned by the Art Renaissance Foundation to write a large memorial work that would contribute to bringing the American community together.
The 75-minute choral work, entitled An American Requiem, took a full year to be written and orchestrated. It involves large musical forces: a 42-member symphony orchestra, a professional choir of at least 100 voices, and the four traditional vocal soloists (SMTB): Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor and Bass. The Foundation dedicated the Requiem to “all Americans who dedicated their lives to building this great nation.”
*Ryan preludes each event with a short talk about the music and the special magic called choral singing.