First Christian Church is presenting a concert in celebration of their 140th anniversary. The program, entitled "Love Alone Will Stand," will include a variety of
First Christian Church is presenting a concert in celebration of their 140th anniversary. The program, entitled “Love Alone Will Stand,” will include a variety of anthems sung by the Chancel Choir, directed by Kim Schultz; Edward Elgar’s Sea Pictures, sung by mezzo-soprano Zoe Buxton; and will culminate with the presentation of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living with choir, soloist, orchestral ensemble and organ. The concert is sponsored by the Susan Rae Jensen Charitable Fund; a free will offering will be collected.
A Requiem is traditionally a prayer for rest for the deceased. The five movements of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living (2013), however, form a narrative just as much for the living, and their own struggle with pain and sorrow, as for the dead. The opening movement sets the traditional Introit and Kyrie texts, pleas for rest and mercy, using ever-increasing elaborations on a simple three-note descending motive. Instead of the traditional Dies Irae, the second movement, Vanitas Vanitatum, sets Scriptural texts from Ecclesiastes and Job that speak of the turmoil and sorrow which face humanity, while yet invoking musical and textual allusions to the Dies Irae. This movement juxtaposes aggressive rhythmic gestures with long, floating melodic lines, including quotes of the Kyrie from the first movement. The Agnus Dei is a plea for deliverance and peace. The following Sanctus, a response to this redemption, offers three different glimpses of the “heavens and earth, full of Thy glory,” all of which develop the same musical motive: an ethereal opening section inspired by images of space from the Hubble Space Telescope, a stirring middle section inspired by images of our own planet as viewed from the International Space Station, and a closing section which brings the listener down to Earth, where cities teem with the energy of humanity. The Lux Aeterna which closes the work portrays light, peace, and rest, both for the deceased and the living.
(Friday) 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm