MARSHFIELD — The Central Chamber Chorale will perform the central Wisconsin premiere of Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living” with chamber orchestra.
Forrest said that “… the traditional Dies Irae has been replaced by a biting essay on the vanity and pain of existence.” In the movement “Vanita Vanitatum,” the thunderous organ accompaniment will be performed by Chorale member Kathy Biederwolf. The Forrest Requiem also features three vocal solos, including Janet Alekna, soprano; Khailyn Schaefer, boy soprano; and Joe Saucerman, tenor. The orchestra will be led by Timothy McCollum, concert master.
All of the music in the spring concert series is accompanied. “Silent Noon” is a 21st century composition set to a beautiful poem from the 1800s by Gabriel Rossetti. “Basket,” by Cecil Effinger, features a duet between the singers and oboe, played by Mika Brunson, associate instructor of music at UW-Marshfield/Wood County. Other selections include Bach’s “Sicut Locutus Est,” the Appalachian folk song “Every Night When the Sun Goes In” with soprano soloist Bonnie Brix, and Aaron Copland’s “Stomp Your Foot” with piano duet accompaniment featuring the Chorale’s accompanists, Linda Feldt and Biederwolf.
The performance is at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at Christ Lutheran Church, 1208 W. 14th St., Marshfield, and on Saturday, March 21, at7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 321 N. Park Ave. in Medford.
During these concerts, the 2015 Central Wisconsin Choral Leadership Award will be presented to Marla Hemke on behalf of David Hemke, deceased. There is also a performance on Friday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Wisconsin Rapids.
The concerts are open to the public without charge. The Chorale, under the direction of Greg Reierson, choral director at Marshfield High School, is in its 44th season.
The concert is sponsored in part by a grant from the Greg and Sally Rindfleisch Performing Arts Fund at the Marshfield Area Community Foundation. For more information about the Central Chamber Chorale and its mission of keeping the joy of great choral music alive, visit centralchamberchorale.org, or like the Chorale on Facebook for concert updates.