Requiem choral concert coming to Dekker Centre

By Angela Brown
February 26, 2018 - 5:00pm

Classical music fans will be in their element Sunday when the local Gallery Singers perform Fauré’s celebrated Requiem at the Dekker Centre.

Dianne Gryba is one of the artistic directors for the show along with Jan Michael Bourgeois. Gryba said the piece is still relevant more than a hundred years after it was first performed.

“It’s just the most sublime piece of music,” Gryba said. “It takes you to another place. It’s so beautiful and inspiring; especially with the times we are facing in our world right now, it feels like a good time for some musical inspiration."

The group will perform the entire 35-minute Requiem, she said, and the full concert runs for two hours. The performance also features special guest soprano Lorraine Reinhardt from the Vancouver Chamber Choir. A string quartet from Saskatoon will accompany the group, as well as some local wind musicians from the North Battleford Kinsmen City Band.

Fauré wrote the Requiem as part of a longer composition between 1887 and 1890, but the show also includes a modern piece by Canadian composer Jeff Enns. Following that, Reinhardt will perform some solo pieces, and the 35-member choir will sing a few other selections.

“Hopefully there will be a good variety,” Gryba said.

The Gallery Singers performed Fauré’s Requiem in the area a number of years ago, Gryba said, and are looking forward to tackling the challenging piece again.

"The Gallery Singers is a very intelligent group of people who come from all kinds of work backgrounds, but the thing they have in common is their love of music and their desire to challenge themselves,” Gryba said. “This is a piece with lots to learn. We’ve enjoyed doing that. It’s been a great process.”

Fauré’s Requiem starts at 7 p.m. March 4. 


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