Fredericton’s Bel Canto Singers and the Sussex Choral Society are joining forces to present Gabriel Fauré’s iconic Requiem for two shows, May 27 and 28 in Fredericton, and Sussex.
Fredericton’s Bel Canto Singers and the Sussex Choral Society are joining forces to present Gabriel Fauré’s iconic Requiem for two shows, May 27 and 28 in Fredericton, and Sussex. Both ensembles have overcome considerable challenges due to the pandemic and see this mini tour as a rebirth of their organizations and a chance to reconnect with audiences around the province.
Fauré’s Requiem mass, well-known as a comforting and tender vision of the afterlife, will include soloists and chamber musicians, along with the Christ Church Cathedral’s historic Casavant pipe organ. The choirs will also present a number of contemporary pieces, some jointly and some individually.
The Bel Canto Singers are well-known to New Brunswick audiences. Formed in 1974, the auditioned choir has performed a wide variety of genres over the years, focusing on excellence in choral performance. Their recent explosive performance of Puccini’s Messa di Gloria saw a reinvigorated and triumphant return to the public stage.
The award-winning Sussex Choral Society, formed in 1995, is under the direction of Christopher Lane, who will hold the baton for the Fauré collaboration. The chorus performs a variety of music, from classical to Celtic, and during the pandemic, continued to rehearse outdoors at a band shell, wearing toques and winter coats.
Tickets are available online, at the door, from chorus members or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org