Runnicles And Chorus Celebrate French Composers
Thursday at 8:00PM
Saturday at 8:00PM
Principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles is well known for his interpretations of the French catalogue, and it is always a joy to watch (and hear) him conduct Debussy and Duruflé. This weekend will be no different as he presents Debussy's first major orchestral work, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Then the ASO Chorus Women join the orchestra in Debussy's Nocturnes, a tone poem reflecting the sky, a festival, and the lure of the sea. After intermission, the full Chorus performs the incredibly moving Duruflé Requiem, one of the most beautiful versions of the Latin mass for the dead.
Unlike other requiems, Duruflé moved away from dramatic, opera-like moments and instead wrote a peaceful, quiet, reflective mass that focuses on images of Heaven, rather than Hell. With melodies derived from Gregorian chant, Duruflé's Requiem is as moving as it is contemplative.