Under the baton of Garrett Lathe, over 120 high school singers from 14 high schools – all members of the Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota – will be presenting one of their largest undertakings to date. Along with 21 orchestral musicians, the YCCM will be bringing the Central Minnesota premiere of this deeply emotional work to the stage at the Paramount. Published in mid-2013, Requiem for the Living offers an inspiring perspective on life, love, loss and renewal. A Requiem, at its core, is a prayer for rest – traditionally, for the deceased. The five movements of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, however, form a narrative for the living and their own struggle with pain and sorrow when dealing with the loss of a loved one. “Overall, the work is a prayer for rest (“Requiem”) for the living, not for the deceased. The plea of this requiem is to “grant us rest, O Lord”, not “grant them rest”.
Artist website: www.youthchorale.org
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