ASU Barrett Choir presents Patriquin's "Titanic Requiem"
Date: April 11, 2012
Location: Arizona, USA
Arizona State University Barrett Choir
Titanic Requiem (US Premiere)
with Carole FitzPatrick, soprano
David Schildkret, conductor
Sunday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.
Tempe First United Methodist Church
215 E University Drive, Tempe, Arizona
Sunday, April 15, is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. To mark the occasion and remember the more than 1,500 people who lost their lives that night, the ASU Barrett Choir will perform "The Titanic Requiem" on Sunday evening at 7:30 at Tempe First United Methodist Church. The concert is free.
The program includes Thompson's Alleluia, Remembrance by Eleanor Daly, songs from the early 20th century, and some more recent popular music (including, naturally, the theme song from the movie). The featured work is Titanic Requiem by Donald Patriquin, who will be present for the performance. This is one of a string of US premieres of the piece being given that day. The work is based on a text by Wolfgang Kater that equates the Titanic disaster with other, more recent events in which human handiwork has come into conflict with nature. It is scored for chorus, string ensemble, piano, and soprano solo. ASU voice faculty member Carole FitzPatrick is the soloist.
We'll end the concert with Ms FitzPatrick and the choir singing the spiritual "I've been in the storm so long," which Jeffrey Ames arranged in remembrance of a more recent confrontation between humans and nature, Hurricane Katrina.
The ASU Barrett Choir is new this year; the members, about 70 in number, come from all across the university. Most are students in the Honors College; only three are music majors. We are proud to house this ensemble in the ASU School of Music under faculty direction. I cordially invite you to attend the performance if you are in the area.