More than 200 people experienced the beautiful Faure Requiem at the Newburyport Choral Society’s (NCS) 2016 Summer Sing on Monday evening, August 22. Singers included NCS members and other choral enthusiasts while other attendees simply came to enjoy the music. This NCS event was free for all, and offered singers the opportunity to perform this choral work under the direction of NCS Music Director Dr. George Case. Throughout the performance Dr. Case provided enlightening comments about the life of Gabriel Faure and insights about the different sections of the Requiem. Widely loved for its deep expression and serenity, it was impossible not to be moved by this choral work. Highlights of the evening included solos by baritone Sam Kreidenweis, and a transcendent performance of the Pie Jesu by soprano soloist Sarah Yanovitch. NCS piano accompanist Dr. Kirsten Helgeland provided the accompaniment for the Requiem, and was joined by violinist Dillon Robb.
NCS thanks the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on 7 Harris St in Newburyport for providing a wonderful setting for this evening of music.