Inland Northwest Chorale prepares for two shows


LA GRANDE — The Inland Northwest Chorale will perform two concerts in April. The first will be held in La Grande and the second in Weston.

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 5.15.53 PMThe group, led by R. Lee Friese, will perform two large works.

First, “Serenade to Music” was composed by R. Vaughan Williams in recognition of Sir Henry J. Wood’s services to music. It was first performed in 1938. The performance includes words from William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.”

This piece features several short solos to be performed by:

  • Arlene Thompson, Pendleton
  • Becky Henshaw , Pendleton
  • Mary Finney, Pendleton
  • Salli Ketchersid, Hermiston
  • Erin DeCarlow, Hermiston
  • Dean Mason, Hermiston
  • Louise Kienzle, Hermiston
  • Jamie Kienzle, Hermiston
  • Phil Hector, Hermiston
  • Harvey Foreman, Pendleton
  • Bill Monagle, Ione
  • Mary-Helen Wright, Athena

The second piece, Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem,”  is a choral-orchestral setting of the Catholic Mass for the Dead.  The seven-movement work was composed between 1880 and 1900 and is the best-known of Faure’s large works.

Its focus is on eternal rest and consolation, according to the INWC’s press release.

The work is scored for soprano and baritone soloists, mixed choir, orchestra and organ. Different from typical Requiem settings, the full sequence Dies irae is omitted, replaced by its section Pie Jesu. The final movement In Paradisum is based on a text that is not part of the liturgy of the funeral mass but of the burial.

The piece premiered in its first version in 1888 for a funeral mass.

Gabriel Faure’s Requiem features two soloists: baritone Jacob Try, of Pilot Rock, and soprano RaNiel Dunn, of Hermiston.

The La Grande show starts at 4 p.m. April 8 at St. Peters Episcopal Church, 1001 O Ave. The Weston show starts at 4 p.m. April 9 at Weston Middle School, 205 E. Wallace St.

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