“Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine” – Give them eternal rest, O Lord.
These words have inspired numerous composers to create various Requiem masses. Music to honor the dead.
“A ‘Requiem’ service is to remember someone who has died,” says David Johnson. “Some of the portions are in Latin while others are in English.”
Johnson is Trinity Presbyterian Church’s director of music. This weekend, he leads the church’s Chancel Choir in composer John Rutter’s “Requiem.”
Rutter is a contemporary British composer. His “Requiem” premiered in 1985, in the United States. Through the combination of a choir, instrumental orchestra and a soprano soloist, Rutter’s “Requiem” features several movements lasting a total of about 40 minutes. The choir opens with the aforementioned Latin.
Johnson says there are no plans to make the “Requiem” an annual performance for the church. Trinity Presbyterian last presented Rutter’s work about 15 years ago.
Trinity Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir: David Lee Johnson, director of music; Janice Baker, Paulette Butts, Amy Griffin, Cathy Hoover, Mili Hunt, Nancy Morris, Patsi Peacock, Adrienne Reissiger, Anna-Marie Schaer, Hanae Kanno Thieme, soprano; Linda Brown, Dottie Davis, Winnie Dooly, Scarlett Eirish, Jan Hobson, Nancy Knobel, Catherine Redles, Margie Vollenweider, alto; Paul Guilbeau, Mark Micklon, Nick Thompson, Dick Uhlir, Bryan Wright, tenor; Bob De Line, Patrick Ireland, Frank Kilgard, Eric Miller, Andy Morris, Cody O'Shea, Bill Stonestreet, Don Thieme, Don Vollenweider, bass.
Trinity Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir presents John Rutter’s “Requiem.”
When: 5 p.m., Sunday, April 13.
Where: Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3501 Bemiss Road.
Admission: Free and open to the public.
More information: (229) 242-3468.