The Hendersonville Chorale Presents 'Requiem For The Living'


April 27, 2017

The Hendersonville Chorale will present its spring concert, “Requiem for the Living” by Dan Forrest, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville.

The chorale, under the direction of Mary Beth Shumate, will be joined by the Brevard High School Choir; the East Henderson High School “Eagle Voices” Chorus; and guest soloists Amanda Horton, soprano, Latham Mullinax, treble, and Blake Ellege, tenor. Accompanist Michael Brannon will be joined by an instrumental ensemble including flutes, oboe, French horn, harp, violin, cello and percussion.

“Requiem for the Living,” according to its composer, “is a prayer for rest (Requiem) for the living as much as for the deceased.”

Its five movements are a beautiful musical testament to the assurance of ultimate comfort and joy in humankind’s journey through life on this planet.

The first movement, “Kyrie,” pours out grief and requiem prayers; and the second, “Vanitas Vanit atum,” portrays the problem of pain with which all people wrestle. It rages with both bitterness and anger.

The third movement is the “Angus Dei,” which is out of its traditional order because, at this point in the narrative, Forrest said, “I need to see the Lamb of God, who died to redeem mankind from all fallenness…” And he adds that then “Sanctus,” the fourth movement, “… becomes a glorious response to the” Angus Dei,” instead of a prelude to it, as in the normal liturgical order.”

Forrest describes the final movement, “Lux Aeterna,” as “simply an arrival at rest and peace, not just in the realization of the “eternal light” which God offers those who seek him, but even here and now, for us, the living, on earth — our requiem, our rest, is found in Christ.”

Forrest, is an incredibly gifted young composer who lives in Greenville, S.C. His works have won numerous prestigious awards and have been hailed as “magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture” (Classical Voice), and as “superb writing…full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). Since its first publication in 2001, Forrest’s music has sold two million copies, and is well established in the repertoire of choirs in the U.S. and abroad.

His “Requiem for the Living” has quickly become his best-known work, having received overwhelming acclaim since its 2013 premiere, and continues to be performed in North America and around the world. His new major work, “Jubilate Deo” is now receiving similar critical acclaim.

Forrest holds a doctoral degree in composition from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in piano performance from Bob Jones University. His academic background includes several years as a professor and department head.

Now in its 43rd concert season, the Hendersonville Chorale is the oldest continually performing choral group in Henderson Coun-ty. The chorale includes approximately 70 non-auditioned singers with a wide range in age and skill levels, all of whom share the love of singing. In May, members of the Hendersonville Chorale will be joining members of the Asheville Symphony Chorus and the Asheville Choral Society on their European concert tour to Prague, Vienna, where they will again perform Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living.”

Shumate, in her third season with the chorale, not only brings experienced choral direction, but energy and joyful enthusiasm to the music. She recently served as choral director for 25 years at Brevard High School.

Tickets are available at the Henderson County Visitor’s Center, at the door, and online at http://www.Hen Cost is $22.

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