LACEY, Wash. – Gabriel Fauré’s hauntingly beautiful “Requiem in D minor, Op. 48,” first premiered in 1888, will be the centerpiece of Saint Martin’s University’s annual spring concert. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. May 12 at the University’s Marcus Pavilion, 5300 Pacific Ave SE. Claudia Simpson-Jones, who teaches music at Saint Martin’s and formerly conducted the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, will be concert conductor. A freewill donation of $5 is suggested. Reservations are unnecessary.
Faure’s masterpiece, which will be performed by the Saint Martin’s University Chorale, Olympia Chamber Orchestra and Opera Pacifica, contains much of the Catholic Mass for the Dead in its original Latin, says Darrell Born, associate prof. of music and Saint Martin’s Chorale director.
When asked about his uplifting composition, the French composer famously replied, “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.”
The concert will begin on a lighter note, Born says. He and Crystal Zimmerman, who teaches voice at Saint Martin’s will perform operatic arias and duets. Also included will be three choral numbers drawn from operatic repertoire. Among the first-half’s selections are Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte.”
Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,243 undergraduate students and 277 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campus at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
For additional information:
Associate Professor, Music
Director, Saint Martin’s University Chorale