Sunday, April 15, 7:00 p.m., University Chorale and Choral Union: Fauré, Britten, Bach, Tompkins

Venue: Plymouth Congregational Church, 2001 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing (map)

Tickets: $10, $8 for seniors, free for students 

David Rayl, director of choral programs, Sandra Snow, professor of choral conducting, and Joel Tranquilla, doctoral conducting student, will lead the Chorale, Choral Union, and Chamber Orchestra in this concert.


Fauré, Requiem
Britten, Cantata Misericordium
Bach, Fürchte dich nicht
Tomkins, When David Heard

The popular Fauré Requiem, considered one of the most sublime Requiem settings in the repertoire, is described as a contemplative work that strives to comfort mourners while holding out the promise of eternal rest for the departed. It will be performed in its original orchestration of violas, cellos, bass, harp, and organ. Fauré described his work this way: "They say that my Requiem does not express the terror of death; someone has called it a lullaby of death. But that is how I see death: as a happy deliverance, as a yearning for the joy that lies beyond, rather than as a sorrowful passing." Student soloists are Hannah Stone, soprano, and Derrick Fox, bass. The conductor is David Rayl.

Britten's Cantata Misericordium was composed for and first performed in 1963 in Geneva for the solemn ceremony on the Commemoration Day of the Centenary of the Red Cross. The text is a Latin version of the parable of the good Samaritan. Considered an epilogue to Britten's more famous War Requiem, critics say Britten has created a concise masterpiece that touches the heart of all compassionate human beings, regardless of faith or belief. Its message is compassion and love of one's neighbor. Faculty artists Richard Fracker, tenor, and Peter Lightfoot, bass, are soloists. The conductor is Sandra Snow.