Masterworks Chorale – Duruflé Requiem – Old South Church – March 4, 2018

Cambridge, MA – The 78 th season of the Masterworks Chorale, led by music director Kevin Leong, continues in March with Maurice Duruflé’s beautiful Requiem performed at historic Old South Church in Boston’s Copley Square. The venue was chosen for its superb acoustics and grand organ to accompany our featured work.

In addition, the concert features several other French works for choir and organ: Marcel Dupré’s O salutaris, Francis Poulenc’s Salve Regina, Olivier Messiaen’s O sacrum convivium, Duruflé’s Ubi caritas, and Charles-Marie Widor’s Surrexit a mortuis. Ross Wood, formerly Associate Organist and Choirmaster at the Church of the Advent, will perform the
first movement from Widor’s Symphonie romane for organ. The Chorale is joined by mezzo- soprano Renee Tatum and baritone Elijah Blaisdell, and the concert is sponsored by Sandy Shepard.

“Twentieth-century French composers pushed the boundaries of harmony and meter, mining extreme sonorities and fluid rhythms for their expressive power,” said Kevin Leong. “Yet, in their sacred music, they remained true to the long tradition of Gregorian chant in the Roman Catholic Church, producing works that are dreamy, elegant, and lyrical.  We are very excited to present this program of modern choral masterpieces and honored to be working with our truly excellent soloists and organist.”

Kevin Leong was named Music Director of Masterworks Chorale in 2017.  He is also Music Director of the Concord Chorus, a position he has held since 2012.  He previously served as Associate Conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Choruses at Harvard University, where he directed the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus and, with Jameson Marvin, co-conducted the Harvard Glee Club, the Radcliffe Choral Society, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum.  Dr. Leong earned a doctoral degree in Choral Conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose, Jeremy Yudkin, and Craig Smith.

The concert takes place on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston and begins at 3 PM.  Tickets are now on sale.  A Pre-Concert Talk by Dr. Laura Stanfield Prichard precedes the concert at 2:30 PM.  Dr. Prichard is a regular pre-concert speaker and writer for the San Francisco and Chicago Symphonies and is the Principal Lecturer for Boston Baroque and Boston Opera Collaborative.

The Old South Church is accessible on the MBTA Green Line Copley T stop and discounted parking is available to Masterworks Chorale concert patrons at the Prudential Garage for $17.00 for 5 hours with a validated ticket.  Free on street parking is also available on Sundays.

Tickets are $50, $35 and $20.  $5 Student Rush Tickets may be purchased 90 minutes prior to the performance, as available.  Accessible seating for Old South Church is available.  Call the Old South Church at 617-536-1970 for more information.

The 78th season of Masterworks Chorale is sponsored by the Bose Corporation and funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

For more information, log onto MasterworksChorale.org or call 617-858-6785.

Founded in 1940, Masterworks Chorale is one of the leading choruses in the Boston area and an active part of the region’s musical community.  The 2017–18 season is the inaugural season with new Music Director, Dr. Kevin Leong, who was selected in June 2017, concluding a two-year search process.  Masterworks draws its committed singers, professional orchestra, and talented soloists from throughout New England.  The Chorale performs a three-concert series at Sanders Theatre, offers popular community ‘Sings’ at the holidays and in the summer, and provides intergenerational outreach opportunities.

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