Saturday, November 8, 2008

Fauré Requiem in Omaha

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attened a performance of Faure's Requiem at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha in celebration of All Souls Day. It was excellent, as I would expect from The Cathedral Arts Project. The clip is Faure's In Paradisum. The text is one of my favorites from the Catholic funeral Liturgy:

May angels lead you into Paradise; may the martyrs receive you at your coming and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem. May a choir of angels receive you, and with Lazarus , who once was poor, may you have eternal rest.
When listening to the Requiem of Gabriel Faure, his intent and frame of mind become obvious:

"It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience."
If you have the chance, be sure to attend the St. Cecilia Day Concert at the Cathedral:

Sunday, November 23, 2008
3:00 p.m.

On Sunday, November 23 at 3:00 p.m. the 42-voice Cathedral Choir, Palladium Brass, and Dr. Marie Rubis Bauer, Organist will perform the annual Saint Cecilia Day Concert at the Cathedral. The choir will sing the Missa de Sancti Johannis (Mass of Saint John) with strings, as well as other sacred choral selections — featured will be special sacred works for Brass Quintet and for Organ.

The concert is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Cathedral Arts Project. For more information contact Marie Rubis Bauer at or call 553-5524x2. Suggested $10 donation.

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