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April 01, 2011
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Huntingdon College
News Release

Huntingdon Choir Presents the Fauré Requiem

Montgomery, Ala.—The Huntingdon College Concert Choir will present Gabriel Fauré's  Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, Palm Sunday, April 17, at 3:00 p.m. in the College's Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall.  The Requiem will be presented in memory of loved ones who touched the lives of those who are part of the College community.  The concert is free and the public is invited to attend.  The Huntingdon choirs are under the direction of Department of Music Chair Gene J. Davis and Dr. Jennifer Canfield, assistant professor of music.

This choral setting of the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead is the best known of Fauré's works, written between 1887 and 1890.  Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924) said of his Requiem, "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." Fauré's musical talent was discovered when he was a child.  He studied under Louis Niedermeyer and Camille Saint-Saëns, and was later considered the foremost composer of his generation in France.  The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians notes that Fauré's harmonic and melodic innovations affected the teaching of harmony for later generations.   

Concert soloists are soprano Cerina Proehl, a sophomore music major from Crestview, Florida; and baritones Timothy Eli Doaty, a junior communication studies major from Calera, Alabama, and James Temple, a freshman music major from Montgomery.

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. A coeducational liberal arts college, Huntingdon's motto is "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service."

For more information, contact the Huntingdon College Office of Communications at (334) 833-4515.

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