deGraffenried Chorale to perform special concert

OJ Stapleton Editor

March 31, 2014

The deGraffenried Chorale will be presenting a special concert this weekend featuring two of French composer Gabriel Faure’s most popular musical works.

The Chorale, which has been bringing high quality choral music to Russellville for over 35 years, regularly has a concert each spring and winter, but this year will be having a third concert this Sunday at the United methodist Temple at 2:30 p.m.

“This is an extra concert we will be doing this year,” said director Mary Beth Dowden, who is one of the Chorale’s founding members. “We will still be doing a light concert in May, but we also wanted to to a major work this spring. We have done concerts like this before as that’s part of our mission to educate ourselves and our audience.”

The two works that will be featured in the concert will be Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine.

“Requiem is very appropriate for the time of Lent,” Dowden said. “It is a very reflective piece that also includes some drama and some absolutely serene moments.”

Requiem lasts approximately 35 minutes and consists of seven movements, the most famous of which is the soprano aria Pie Jesu, which will be sung by Iris Walton Perez. Also soloing in the Requiem will be Wade Baker.

“We will be singing it Latin, although we will have the English translation in the program,” Dowden said.

Cantique de Jean Racine was originally written in French, but it will be performed in English by the Chorale.

“It’s appropriate for the season as well,” Dowden said.

Susan Fox will again be the accompianist for the Chorale. She will be playing the piano on Requiem and the organ on Cantique.

The concert is free to the public, but the Chorale will be accepting tax deductible donations at the event.

“That’s the way we get our support and are able to do the things we do,” Dowden said. “We want to continue top bring the citizens of Russellville great music. I think that when you leave Sunday, you will really feel blessed.”

The annual spring concert has been set for May 31 and will feature more “fun” music as well as a funraising auction.

“We’ve had some trouble getting a date set for that one because we weren’t sure when school graduation would be held,” Dowden said.

The spring concert will be held in Russellville High School’s deGraffenried Auditorium.