Requiems for the Brave

Requiems for the Brave
Monday, May 27, 2013
7:00 PM
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center
Mark Hayes, Composer/Conductor
Hayes: Requiem (World Premiere)
Duruflé Requiem
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra 
and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Christ the King Chancel Choir (AR)
First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, Arlington, Texas (TX)
Memorial Drive UMC Chancel Choir (TX)
Manchester United Methodist Festival Chorus (MO)
Worship Choir, First Baptist Church (GA)
Ozarks Technical Community College Concert Choir (MO)
St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus (MO)
UCC Sanctuary Choir of Norwell (MO)
Members of The Arion Male Voice Choir and the Newcombe Singers, Victoria , British Columbia, Canada: Coro Galiano, Galiano Island, BC, Canada: and EKOOS Vocal Ensemble, Sooke (Canada)
Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble (IA)
Dubai Chamber Choir (Dubai)
West Torrance High School Aristocracy (CA)

Christ the King Chancel Choir (AR)

Bernard Turgeon
Bernard Turgeon

Numbering over 6000 members, Christ the King Catholic Church, Little Rock, AR is the third largest Roman Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Little Rock (which encompasses the entire state of Arkansas.) Widely known for its musical excellence, the CTK Chancel Choir and its Schola, Cantors and Chamber Orchestra are responsible for the musical leadership of over 350 liturgies, holiday and Holy Day services, weddings, funerals and special Diocesan celebrations annually. The Choir, utilizing a variety of musical styles and genres, speaks the Word of God to the faithful people of Arkansas through its music.

 

 

An Orff-Schulwerk trained music educator, Central Massachusetts-born Bernard Turgeon has been a resident of Little Rock, AR for over 20 years. Bernie has been involved in the world of church music since the age of 6 as a boy chorister, soloist, handbell director, choir director, voice teacher and vocal coach. As a singer, he has appeared in concert with numerous choral and orchestral ensembles throughout the United States and in Europe. Bernie is in his fifth season as Director of the CTK Chancel Choir and Chamber Orchestra.

First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, Arlington, Texas (TX)

Diane Hale
Diane Hale

The First United Methodist Church of Arlington Chancel Choir is a fifty-six voice choir which leads worship each Sunday morning for its 5,000 member church in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area. Under the direction of Diane Hale, the FUMC of Arlington Chancel Choir presents major works with orchestra each year during Holy Week and during Advent in December. Chancel Choir members performed the Rutter Requiem at Carnegie Hall, with Maestro John Rutter conducting, in 2011. Mrs. Hale is assisted by Assistant Director, John Williams, Organist, Kathleen Smith, and Music and Worship Assistants, Arthur Busby and Alissa Davis.

 

Diane Hale has served as Director of Music and Worship at First United Methodist Church of Arlington, Texas, for five years. Prior to her work at FUMC, Mrs. Hale enjoyed a thirty year career as a music educator, teaching elementary through high school in the Arlington Independent School District and at Arlington Heights Music Academy in Fort Worth, Texas. A graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, Mrs. Hale served as Co-Director of the Arlington All-City Girls Choir. Diane's family includes husband, Mike, and grown children Megan Hale and Sean Hale and his wife, Mary.

Memorial Drive UMC Chancel Choir (TX)

Ann S. Ables
Ann Ables
Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, was founded in 1958 and has grown to a congregation of over 7400 members. Music has always been an important part of the church; and the 100-plus member Chancel Choir, which rehearses every Wednesday, presents anthems each Sunday throughout the year.
The choir also performs special concerts, and in recent years have presented the "Requiems" of Mozart, Faure, Rutter, Durufle and Brahms, Handel's "Messiah," Mendelssohn's "Elijah," Dave Brubeck's "La Fiesta de la Posada," Honegger's "King David," Conrad Susa's "Carols & Lullabies of the Southwest," and Robert Ray's "Gospel Mass."
 
Ann S. Ables, Director of Music and Fine Arts, has been at Memorial Drive UMC since June 1994. She holds a Bachelor of Music in organ from Millsaps College (Jackson, Mississippi), and Masters degrees in both sacred music and music history/literature from Southern Methodist University/Perkins School of Theology, studying with Robert Anderson and Lloyd Pfautsch. In 1988, she received the Choirmaster certification from the American Guild of Organists, and in 2010 was presented the "Soli Deo Gloria Award" from Perkins School of Theology for ‘Excellence in Church Music.' She was director at Spring Valley UMC, Dallas for eleven years.

Manchester United Methodist Festival Chorus (MO)

The Festival Choir of Manchester United Methodist Church is made up of adult members from the church, including their 160-member Chancel Choir. Located in suburban St. Louis, the 3,300-member church hosts an annual concert series, featuring the finest in choral literature. Recent major works performed with orchestra include THE CREATION (Haydn), MAGNIFICAT (Rutter), THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF CHRIST (Dubois), MESSIAH (Handel), HEILIGMESSE (Haydn), REQUIEM (Mozart), CHRISTMAS CANTATA (Pinkham) and GLORIA (Vivaldi). The Festival Choir has appeared five times at Carnegie Hall, serving as the featured choir in a solo performance in January of 2000. The Festival Choir has also appeared in a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Performing credits also include the Missouri United Methodist Church Annual Conference, the Missouri Choral Directors Association's Summer Convention, and two Southwest Division American Choral Directors Association Conventions. Past performances include concerts with Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban and Andy Williams.

Worship Choir, First Baptist Church (GA)

Ozarks Technical Community College Concert Choir (MO)

St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus (MO)

UCC Sanctuary Choir of Norwell (MO)

Members of The Arion Male Voice Choir and the Newcombe Singers, Victoria , British Columbia, Canada: Coro Galiano, Galiano Island, BC, Canada: and EKOOS Vocal Ensemble, Sooke (Canada)

Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble (IA)

Dubai Chamber Choir (Dubai)

West Torrance High School Aristocracy (CA)

Kathleen Jensen has taught choir at West H.S. in Torrance, CA for 27 years. The advanced choir (Aristocracy) has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and TV's "Good Day L.A." Kathleen teaches three choirs, Music Theory AP, and Piano/Guitar. She also directs a community choir, L.A. Vocal Core.
 
Kathleen holds a B.A.-Music Education (Trinity College, D.C.) and a M.A.-Humanities (CSU-Dominguez Hills). Her awards include: Outstanding Young Educator (City of Torrance), Teacher of the Year (West H.S.), Arnold Plank Teacher of the Year (Rotary Club) and Excellence in the Arts Award (City of Torrance).