Popular choral work, “Rutter’s Requiem,” to be focus of lecture Tuesday, April 22

Posted on 09 April 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

One of today’s best loved and most performed choral works will be the focus of a lecture on Tuesday, April 22, at Tusculum College as Dr. David Hendricksen presents “Death, Music and Rutter’s Requiem.”

Hendricksen’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the choir room (Room 46) on the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building (side entrance) on the Tusculum campus.

The lecture is conjunction with the spring concert by the Tusculum College Community Chorus, which will feature the “Requiem” by John Rutter. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 5, in the auditorium in the Annie Hogan Byrd building. Hendricksen, adjunct professor of music at Tusculum who also led the 2006 Theologian-in-Residence lecture series, is the director of the Community Chorus.

In his lecture, Hendricksen will first consider the context of what a requiem is. Love and death have been two of the most significant subjects artists have addressed in their works through history.  For many centuries, composers have written requiems to mark the passage from life to death to the mystery of life after death.
The musical traditions established prior to the composition of John Rutter’s “Requiem,” including music by Mozart, Brahms, Verdi, Faure and other composers will be examined. Hendricksen will explore the ways in which Rutter’s composition both sustains that tradition and departs from it.

The lecture is part of Tusculum College Arts Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia 2013-14 performance and lecture series.  Admission is $6. Tusculum College faculty, staff and students are admitted free with valid Tusculum identification card.

For more information, please contact Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620, or email jhollowell@tusculum.edu.

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