Say the word “requiem” and we tend to think of a beautiful but sombre event, funereal even. But that is not always the case. The word requiem comes from the Latin for “rest.” Our next concert, REQUIEM FOR THE LIVING starts and builds from that place of repose.
As our artistic director, Mike Horanski puts it, this concert is “the experience of life that exists in a balance of joy and sorrow.” For that moment when everything is pregnant with what has been and what can be. Of all that we have gone through, but all that sustains us before we get back up.
Fittingly, the repertoire for this concert — like the image of the sunrise on our poster — is luminous, uplifting, moving, and ultimately hopeful. Although there is certainly intensity of emotion. Or, as our younger singers call it these days, “all the feels.”
Nowhere is this more evident than in Dan Forrest’s modern choral classic, Requiem For The Living, which inspired the name and theme of the concert. Forrest wrote the work not as a prayer for the dead, but for the living — particularly for the grieving, and for those of us who cannot seem to slow down long enough to catch our breath.
At a time when everything seems to move ever faster, rest seems ever more crucial.
We sing REQUIEM FOR THE LIVING at 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Vienna Baptist Church (541 Marshall Road SW, Vienna, VA 22180).
Tickets are available online now and through the choir next week.
Please join us for an evening that will leave us give us a place to rest, and dive back into the tide of life.