Westminster Summer Choral Festival Concert

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Herbert Howells' Requiem has been described as one of the most beautiful and searingly moving works in the entire English sacred musical canon. Written in the early 30s but not released until 1980, it is inextricably linked to untimely youthful death. Howells modeled it on Walford Davies' A Short Requiem of 1915, written in memory of those killed in the war. Later, he drew heavily from it for Hymnus Paradisi, his memorial to the nine-year-old son he lost to polio in 1935.

This intimate work juxtaposes modality of English Renaissance composers, such as Tallis and Byrd, with 20th-century harmony.  It manages to express not just deep grief but also eternal hope, largely thanks to its unusual structure. It juxtaposes traditional “Salvator mundi” and “Requiem aeternam” movements with settings of three of the Bible's most encouraging passages: Psalms 23 and 121, and John's vision in the book of Revelation of the new heavens and the new earth. The ensemble will also perform J. S. Bach's glorious Magnificat.

The Westminster Summer Choral Festival provides an opportunity to live, study, and perform in a professional-level choral ensemble composed of singers and conductors from around the globe. Under the direction of Dr. Joe Miller, as well as several other renowned conductors from universities around the United States, each year the Summer Choral Festival centers around rehearsals and performances of a different masterwork from the western choral repertory. Other features of a typical daily schedule include conducting master classes, scholarly lectures and classes, round-table discussions, and one-on-one time with the conducting faculty.


Westminster Summer Choral Festival Chorus
Westminster Summer Choral Festival Orchestra
Joe Miller, conductor

Ticket Information 

Admission: $20 adults and $15 students/seniors.
Phone: 609-258-9220

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