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Choral Societies Join Voices for “Requiem” Anniversary

FARMERS BRANCH/DALLAS • Three choirs from across the Metroplex are joining voices April 29 at 8 p.m. to celebrate the 20th anniversary of John Rutter’s “Requiem,” at the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church where the piece premiered. The joint concert features the Brookhaven College School of the Arts Choral Society, Mountain View College Choir and Community Chorus, and the Tarrant County College Southeast campus choir, accompanied by a small orchestra. The choirs also will perform together at the C.A. Roberson Theater on the Tarrant County College Southeast campus April 28 at 8 p.m.

Rutter, one of the most popular church music composers of the past 20 years, introduced his “Requiem” in Dallas, but the piece is now sung by choirs throughout the United States and Europe every year. In addition to Rutter’s “Requiem,” which blends both Latin and Anglican liturgy, the choirs will sing Maurice Duruflé’s “Requiem.”

The Brookhaven College choir, consisting of more than 50 auditioned members, performs frequently in the community with the Texas Chamber Symphony, the Richardson Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. Robert Austin, D.M.A., member of the Brookhaven College faculty since 1979, directs the Choral Society. The Mountain View College Choir and Community Chorus are directed by Gordon Paige. The Tarrant County College Southeast choir is directed by Marion Nesvadba.

Both concerts are free and open to the public. The Lovers Lane United Methodist Church is located at 9200 Inwood Road at the corner of Northwest Highway and Inwood. For additional information about the Brookhaven College Choral Society or other music ensembles and courses at Brookhaven College, contact the School of the Arts at 972-860-4730.

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