“Requiem For The Living” Memorial Concert Offers
A Chance For You To Remember Your Loved Ones
Last summer, I was contacted by Manhattan Concert Productions from New York City. They invited our Chancel Choir to lead a chorus in presenting a new work by composer Dan Forrest. His new work, “Requiem for the Living” was completed on January 7, 2013. This new work uses elements of the “Requiem,” the Roman Catholic Mass for the dead.
The Chancel Choir is honored to have been asked to perform this deeply moving new work. This performance will take place in Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue. This beautiful church, built in a Cathedral style is the oldest structure on Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile.” While the Chancel Choir will be joining voices with other choirs they will make up half of the combined chorus. This will be a whirlwind trip for the choir. Rehearsals will begin the day we arrive with the concert two days later. Since rehearsals will be few, a stipulation from our host, Manhattan Concert Productions is that each participating chorus send a recording of a final rehearsal or a concert of us singing this five movement extended work… just to prove that we know it before we arrive in Chicago. So….we’d like to share Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living” with the congregation and the Jackson community with a special Memorial Concert on Sunday, May 18 at 3:00pm in our sanctuary.
While the Roman Catholic Requiem is a Mass FOR the dead, Dan Forrest switches the emphasis to a musical work written as a source of comfort for the living. We hope that this beautiful work for Chorus and soloists
will be a source of comfort to you as we near Memorial Day. In fact, we’d like to include your memorials of your friends and loved ones in the concert program. A memorial booklet, of all memorials, will be printed with the concert program. We offer this to you much in the same manner as with the December Poinsettias or Easter’s Lilies. Memorial Envelopes can be filled out and submitted to the front office to include your donation to the Music Ministry. Space will be limited so please include the name of the memorial and the person or family giving the memorial. Memorial envelopes can be found in the worship bulletin after Easter or can be picked up in the church office. Plan now to share this concert with your friends and family and enjoy the memorial booklet keepsake that you can share with your out of town family.