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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fauré REQUIEM to be sung by Central Presbyterian Church Choir, Paul Grimwood Directing

Fauré REQUIEM

Thursday, November 5, 8:00 p.m


On Thursday, November 5, 2015, at 8:00 p.m., the choir of Central Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, under the direction of Paul Grimwood, will sing the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. This is a particularly suitable time to perform this work, as we pause to think about the meaning of Remembrance Day on November 11.

This Requiem, one of the most beautiful of all 19th century works, was written in the 1880's for the choir at the Madeleine Church in Paris, France. With Fauré’s gifts of sensuous harmony, beautiful melody and great attention to orchestral colour, this Requiem is for many a supreme religious experience.

The choir's yearly tradition of presenting a major choral work has called forth praise in the past from The Hamilton Spectator's Hugh Fraser, who has said their performances are "splendid... an exquisite surprise... some of the finest music you'll hear anywhere", and "(the first thing noticed is) the gorgeous sound that this choir makes...remarkable for both excellence and depth of feeling".

Soloists for the Requiem will be Beverly Bronte-Tinkew, soprano, and Tom Fleming, bass. The Reverend Dr. Gregory Davidson will preside, with prayers and readings.

Fauré’s Requiem takes place at Central Presbyterian Church, 165 Charlton Avenue West, Hamilton, on Thursday, November 5, at 8:00 p.m. No tickets are required, no offering will be taken: admission is free. For more information, please telephone the church office at 905-522-9098, or write to Paul Grimwood at

paul.grimwood@sympatico.ca

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