Emory & Henry College’s Department of Music presented Sacred Motets & Duruflé’s Requiem on Saturday in the Memorial Chapel. The performance of Marice Duruflé’s Requiem was given in memory of Catie Coulthard, mother of soprano Chloe Coulthard. The recital received a standing ovation from the audience.
The program featured Emory & Henry’s Chamber Choir and Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Allyss Heacker and accompanied by Bryan Underwood on the organ. Several soloists were also featured: Mrs. Rachel Milligan Helton, mezzo-soprano; Mr. Dominic Aquilino, baritone and Ms. Bethany Dawson, cello.
Dr. Heacker explained what she hoped to convey through the Requiem, “I wanted the students to feel a sense of accomplishment regarding a large-scale choral work, something that is infrequently done at smaller colleges, and I want to communicate a calm reassurance for the audience,” said Haecker. Featured in the program were each of the movements along with their translations to aid the audience for a deeper understanding of each piece.
Chamber Choir performed sacred motets dating back to the Renaissance and 20th century, in which the Latin and English texts expressed a range of emotions from grief to rejoicing. These feelings were mirrored by the Duruflé Requiem, performed by the Concert Choir, which provides solace to those grieving a loss. The Requiem is a liturgical Mass specifically for the dead and the Latin text often refers directly to scripture. It historically accompanies a funeral ceremony.
– Kimberly Chapman