John Rutter: Requiem
Felix Mendelssohn: Wie der Hirsch schreit (As the Deer Pants)
With the Orchestra of Andover Choral Society.
About the Concert
John Rutter’s Requiem, composed in 1985, is one of the most beloved choral works of the twentieth century. Combining texts from both the Latin Requiem Mass and the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, the work is more contemplative and lyric than dramatic, yet remains deeply moving. Rutter himself regards the popularity of the work as “a clear sign of humanity’s quest for solace and light amidst the darkness and troubles of our age.” Andover Choral Society’s performance will provide the rarely heard richness of Rutter’s version for full orchestra. In addition, the program will feature the graceful melodies and luxuriant harmonies of Felix Mendelssohn’s setting of Psalm 42, Wie der Hirsch schreit (As the Deer Longs). Normally a severe self-critic, Mendelssohn noted that the work was “by far my best sacred composition.”
The program will also include:
Mendelssohn: Verleih’ uns Frieden (Grant Us Peace)
Mack Wilberg: Peace Like a River