Fauré’s Requiem and music by Baroque masters performed Nov. 9by Hot Off The Press (Release) on Nov. 01, 2012, under Press Releases
Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and Tucson Symphony Orchestra present 2012-2013 MasterWorks Concert Series for Northwest Tucson at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Oct. 29, 2012— “It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience,” Gabriel Fauré told a friend in 1902.
On Friday, Nov. 9, this ethereal and gorgeous piece will close the next MasterWorks Concert with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte.
“As to my Requiem, perhaps I have also instinctively sought to escape from what is thought right and proper, after all the years of accompanying burial services on the organ! I know it all by heart. I wanted to write something different,” Fauré said.
Presented by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA), the performance, Exquisite Fauré, will open with the glorious sounds of Giovanni Gabrieli as the Tucson Symphony Orchestra chorus joins the brass ensemble with other works from this rich era of the arts in Venice.
Fauré began work on the Requiem in 1887 during his post as choirmaster at the Church of Madeleine in Paris. It evolved through many revisions throughout the years that mostly included additions and alterations to the orchestration. The music reflects Fauré’s vision of death as a peaceful release. The Requiem was not written for a specific occasion but in Fauré’s words, “for the pleasure of it.”
Tucson Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor George Hansen will take audiences through “Psalm 100” by Heinrich Schütz with “O Magnum Mysterium,” “Canzona duo decimi toni,” “Canzona septimi toni No. 2” and “Canzona per sonare No. 28” by Giovanni Gabrieli, the “Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor” by Johann Sebastian Bach and “In dulci jubilio” by Michael Praetorius, known to many as the hymn, “Good Christian Men, Rejoice.”
Renaissance and Baroque influenced master Gabrieli was an innovative composer in choral pieces and also known for his instrumental works. Gabrieli and his pupils, Schutz and Praetorius, will entertain the MasterWorks audience with their classical choral compositions, each transformative works for their era.
The wood-surfaced walls of St. Andrew’s Church reverberate in harmony with the sounds created by composers who told a story. Talented orchestra musicians and conductors, who go far beyond just playing notes, will now recreate the music for the upcoming performance.
MasterWorks Concert Series – Exquisite Fauré
When: Friday, Nov. 9 – 7:30 p.m. concert, 6:30 p.m. pre-concert chat
Where: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte
Cost: Starting at $49 per seat, with subscription discounts available
Phone: (520) 797-3959
NOTE TO MEDIA: More photos available upon request
About the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for both the young and the old.
The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) grew out of the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council (GOVAC), an organization established in 1997 to provide artistic and cultural opportunities for residents of northwest Tucson. GOVAC eventually became one of the largest arts organizations in the region. In 2009, owing to its success, the group expanded its mission to include creation of partnerships with business, governments, and communities throughout Southern Arizona that would encourage innovative, creative cultural expression in the arts for years to come.
For more information about programs and events produced by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, go to www.saaca.org.