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Requiem For The Fallen

May 4
Valley Presbyterian
Paradise Valley





May 3 & 4 Arizona Concerts 

to Offer Preview of Commemoration Performances


The Sonoran Desert Chorale's 20th Anniversary Season concludes by honoring the heroes of this nation who have given "the last full measure of devotion" in service to their country.  The  Chorale will perform "Requiem for the Fallen" on May 3 & 4 in anticipation of performing the program in Normandy France as part of the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of D-Day Landing on June 6, 2014

 The Sonoran Desert Chorale will be participating in the commemoration events in Normandy under the auspices of Normandie Mémoire Association and the Comité du Débarquement/D-Day Commemoration Committee.  On June 5th, The Chorale will participate in the memorial service for the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions at Sainte-Mère-Eglise village church and on June 6th, the Chorale will present the full concert, "Requiem: For the Fallen", at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame in Bayeux.

Arizona performances of  "Requiem: For the Fallen" will take place May 3, 2014 at 7:30 P.M. at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Avenue, Mesa and May 4, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. 

Tickets are $18 for adults/$15 for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 480-305-4538.

French composer Gabriel Faure's Requiem will be the centerpiece of the concert - also to be sung in Normandy, France on June 5 and 6.  The concert also includes several selections envisioning Peace,  through the works of Clausen, Stroope, Duruflé, Vaughn Williams, and more. 

The concert begins with Z. Randall Stroope's Dona Nobis Pacem - Grant us peace. The phrase comes from the Latin mass and has been used repeatedly in every conceivable musical style for centuries. In his own words, composer Z. Randall Stroope writes that, "humanity spends a lifetime trying to find a voice..." and his is eloquent with both soaring phrases and driving rhythmic sections. In contrast, René Clausen's

In Pace is a richly layered piece, with intersecting vocal lines exhibiting a compelling harmonic sophistication.

I shall lay me down in peace and take my rest. If I close my eyes, I shall sleep and rest. -From Clausen's In Pace

The Chorale sings Ronald Staheli's arrangement of the beloved American folk hymn,

How Can I Keep From Singing, and brings the concert to a close with the stirring Mack Wilberg arrangement of Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing for chorus and organ.

About the Chorale

Sonoran Desert Chorale was founded in 1994 and is led by Music Director Jeff Harris. Since its inception, the group has become a highly regarded and sophisticated choral organization, presenting musical compositions from cultures around the globe as well as important pieces from the European and American music traditions. Concerts frequently include guest performances and collaborations with distinguished artists and organizations in the community such as the Phoenix Children's Chorus, The Southwest Brass, Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band and the Four Seasons Symphony. The Chorale has engaged in four European concert tours, with performances throughout Europe, including Venice, Rome, Florence, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Budapest and Ljubljana. The Chorale was invited to perform with Broadway superstar Michael Crawford for the inaugural concert of the $150 million Mesa Arts Center. The Chorale was selected to appear at the Western Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Salt Lake City, UT.

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