Concert of Remembrance

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  • Start date:
    November 11, 2017, 10:10 am
  • End date:
    November 11, 2017, 12:00 pm

Ottorino Respighi: Suite in G for Organ and Strings
Maxine Thévenot, organ soloist
David Felberg, conductor

Luigi Cherubini: Requiem Mass in C Minor
The Cathedral Choirs
Chatter, concertmaster David Felberg
Maxine Thévenot, conductor

Respighi spent some time as principal violinist at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg and studied briefly with Rimsky-Korsakov before going back to his native Bologna to resume composition studies and teaching. This work, dating from 1905, highlights his virtuosic string writing and treats the organ in an equal fashion.

Cherubini’s masterpiece, premiered 200 years ago, was greatly admired by Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Beethoven described the Requiem as the perfect example, should he ever write one. Schumann called it ‘unequalled,’ while Brahms hailed it as a ‘marvel.’

This concert, commemorating the 99th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War. The morning’s musical offering will conclude with the tolling of the Cathedral bell for one minute while we pause and reflect on those closest to us who have died, with special intention for Lee J. Rickard, a member of the Cathedral Choir who passed away in September.

No tickets required. Admission to this concert is by donation.

Of special note: in 1952, 65 years ago, the Dedication of this Cathedral took place.