Northwestern Vocal Music Program to Present Masterpiece Concert | News

ALVAOk so. – Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Vocal Music Program will present its “Faure Requiem” Masterwork Concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at First Presbyterian Church, 628 Church Street in Alva.

Karsten Longhurst, director of choral studies and assistant professor of music, said the majority of the concert will feature the University Concert Choir performing “Requiem Mass” by French composer Gabriel Faure and will feature brass, strings , harp, organ and percussion. The choir and singers will also perform during the concert.

“This will be a magnificent concert showcasing the incredible artistry of our choirs in collaboration with a professional instrumentalist,” Longhurst said. “’Faure’s Requiem’ is one of the finest and most performed choral/orchestrated works of the last 100 years. We bring a small chamber orchestra and an organist to play with us.

The choir worked hard to prepare for this concert.

“‘Faure Requiem’ will sound beautifully with the organ and orchestra players of First Presbyterian Church,” said Caitlin Hofen, a young mass communication student from Alva. “I am thrilled to perform in such a space and in front of a live audience.”

There will be no admission charge to attend, but donations are appreciated. Longhurst noted that through the Donovan Reichenberger Endowment and private donations, they were able to offer the concert for free to the community.

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