The Oxford Civic Chorus presents their annual fall concert, Dan Forrest’s Requiem For The Living. Conducted by Thomas Ardrey and accompanied by Steve Taranto, the chorus will be performing this lush five-movement piece complete with orchestral accompaniment Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00PM at Nutt Auditorium on the UM campus. Tickets are $10 for adults and, $5 for students are available at the Ole Miss box-office, at the door, or may be purchased from choir members
Requiem for the Living (2013) offers a fresh and inspiring perspective on life, love, loss and renewal. Using scriptural texts, each movement, traditionally, for the deceased, forms a narrative just as much for the living, and their own struggle with pain and sorrow. This musical experience will bring comfort and peace to those of us who struggle with loss as we move into the holiday season.
The composer states, “Overall, the work is a prayer for rest “Requiem” for the living, as much as for the deceased. It’s a “grant US rest,” even more than a “grant THEM rest.”
Director Thomas Ardrey says, “Requiem for the Living is a transformative work by one of the most prolific composers of our day. Traditionally, a requiem mass is a funeral mass written to commemorate one’s death. However, this work is a requiem for those of us who are still in this world and strives to grant us strength and peace. I wanted to perform a larger work this fall, but wanted to do something that would be new yet familiar. The requiem has always been a popular setting for composers throughout history, and Dan Forrest’s surely is amazing.”
OCC Board member, Debra Anderson says, “This piece of music is truly stunning. I am moved each time we rehearse and for days after as well.”
OCC Board president, Kristin Rogers extends this invitation, "We invite you to come and support the Oxford Civic Chorus as we perform the Requiem For the Living. This Requiem is absolutely beautiful as we join with a small chamber orchestra. Requiem for the Living will bring emotion to the singers and audience as we are taken from a place of pleading for mercy to loss to mourning and finally to peace. You will surely be inspired and blessed by the experience."
The Oxford Civic Chorus is a nonprofit organization that strives to provide quality artistic experiences to North Mississippi communities through choral music, offering two concerts a year. Members donate their time and talent and are from every walk of life, ages 18 to 80! Open auditions for new singers occur at the beginning of each semester, in August and again in January. If you would like to sponsor us, please click on the Donate button at the top of the page.