In Paradisum

Saturday, October 8, 2016 -7:30
Sunday, October 9, 2016 -3:00

Maurice Duruflé, accompanied by orchestra for the first time in the Rogue Valley in 25 years.

Repertory Singers combine with instrumentalists from the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra in presenting a richly textured concert celebrating both the vigor of life, and the mystery of what might lie ahead. Latvian sensation Ēriks Ešenvalds provides stunning examples of both moods in his jubilant “Trinity Te Deum” scored for brass, percussion, harp, and organ; and his atmospheric “In Paradisum” for choir, and solo viola and cello, performed by RVSO principal players Kimbery Fitch and Michal Palzewicz.

The center-piece of this concert is Maurice Duruflé’s transporting setting of the Requiem text.  Duruflé wraps the traditional Gregorian chant melodies in a rich, sensuous harmonization that makes this piece one of the loveliest works in the entire choral canon. If you like French impressionist paintings, imagine having one wash over you for 40 minutes! Featured soloists are Shelly Cox, mezzo soprano and Nik Nackley, baritone. This will be the Rogue Valley’s first orchestral performance of this beautiful piece in at least the past 25 years.