The Mount Holyoke and Harvard Glee Clubs will combine to present Gabriel Fauré's Requiem Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 pm in Abbey Memorial Chapel.
The evening will begin with a series of shorter choral works presented by each ensemble and conclude with the Requiem, a transcendent and peaceful setting of the Mass for the Dead. Both a sense of spiritual optimism and a sophisticated compositional style define this unique and influential musical gem. Joining the choirs will be an orchestra comprised of local and professional musicians from New England. The Requiem will also feature professional soloists soprano Emily C. Martin and baritone David (Lemly) McFerrin, one of the Pioneer Valley's own.
The Mount Holyoke Glee Club, directed by Kimberly Dunn, also will sing a set of a cappella pieces. This set features two selections devoted to social and environmental awareness, Ron Jeffers' "This We Know" and Alberto Grau's "Kasar mie la gaji" (The Earth Is Tired), as well as folk songs from around the world.
The MHC Chamber Singers, an advanced choir of students drawn from the Glee Club, will present movements from Kärlekens Lov, written by living Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt. The text, from I Corinthians 13, is set daringly and emotionally, using tone clusters and unorthodox vocal effects to fully realize the dramatic content.
Founded in 1858, the Harvard Glee Club--a world-renowned ensemble of 60 men-- is the oldest college choir in America. The HGC will be conducted by Michael McGaghie and will perform a series of pieces from the Renaissance era to the present day.
The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call Kimberly Dunn at 413-538-2018.