An All Saints Day concert will be performed on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 4:00pm by the combined choirs of Christ Church and Huguenot Memorial Church and eight professional soloists plus the chamber orchestra Sinfonia Celestis at Christ Church.
Kathy Jones of Huguenot and Jeffrey Hoffman of Christ Church, conductors and keyboardists, will lead the choirs in performing favorite spirituals, anthems by Bob Chilcott and Edgar Bainton, instrumental music of Harold Friedell, and John Rutter’s "Requiem."
Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students of any age, and available for purchase at christchurchpelham.org/concerts-at-christ-church/
Thirty years ago, on Oct. 13, 1985, John Rutter’s "Requiem" had a wildly successful premiere in Dallas, TeX with the composer conducting. Since then, this piece has become a popular staple of the choral repertoire around the world.
Born in 1945 in England, Rutter has a unique gift for combining the sounds of Anglican Church music, twentieth-century classical/concert music, the haunting melodies of Negro spirituals, and the catchy tunes of Anglo-American pop music to write music that is both accessibly tuneful and well-suited for the church and concert hall. Requiem intersperses the Latin texts of the funeral mass with beloved Psalms (notably Psalm 130 and Psalm 23) and prayers from the Book of Common Prayer.