Originally Published: April 21, 2016 6:14 p.m.
This year was the inaugural season for the Prescott Chorale, a season that will be coming to a close with a performance on Saturday, April 23 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherd’s Lane. To be performed is Maurice Durufle’s “Requiem, Op. 9.”
The concert begins at 3 p.m. with a pre-concert talk by conductor Dennis Houser at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults online and $20 for adults at the door as well as $5 for students ages 13-18 and may be purchased online at www.prescottchorale.org or at the door. Admission for children is free.
The chorale has had a great first year with four concerts, according to a release from Sandy Stutey. This includes a sell out for the holiday season concert.
“Made up of 60 talented singers, the Chorale has already made its mark on the community with outstanding repertoire and exceptional musicality,” Stutey wrote. “The Durufle ‘Requiem’ is no exception.”
Completed in 1947, Durufle’s “Requiem Op. 9 is the work that started from a suite of organ pieces he was working on and established the composer worldwide. It was dedicated to the memory of his father. The piece has a richness in its organ accompaniment and invokes calmness and introspection with the choice of movements from the traditional movements of a requiem mass and Mass for the Dead, the release stated.
“The Gregorian Chant melodies, a harmonic language based on church modes, and sensuous orchestration representative of impressionistic French composers such as Debussy and Ravel, combine to create a unique musical work that captures a timeless sense of meditative spirituality,” said House in the release.
Accompanying the chorale for the piece is Ty Woodward, who has played classical and theatre organ concerts in places like London, New York, Washington D.C. and Toronto. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting and has worked with many churches, including the American Lutheran Church in Prescott, on the design and installation of new pipe organs.
The chorale is already looking to next season too. The fall will see a concert with the group sinigng the “Mass in D Minor by Johan Adolf Hasse” and there will be a collaboration with the Yavapai College Master Chorale in April. The Christmas concert will bring an Elizabethan twist and the final concert in May will see music by Mozart, including the “Requiem.”
President of the Board of Directors Dana Wingate acknowledged the community and the audiences for their support of the chorale.
“We couldn’t have made this such a great debut season without the many music lovers in Prescott,” he said in the release.