Caz singers to join special musical performance

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On Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse presents Fauré Requiem.

This is free to the public and features singers from the Cazenovia College/Community Choir. On Sunday November 17th Syracuse’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception located at 259 E. Onondaga Street hosts a diocese-wide chorus performing Gabriele Fauré’s Requiem in D Minor at 2 p.m.

This is the second performance of the chorus which performed Charle’s Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass last November. A composer, organist, and teacher, Fauré was one of the leading French composers of his generation. His Requiem is one of his best known compositions and contains some of the composer’s most beautiful melodies, although it did not gain popularity in the United States until the mid 1900s.

Guest baritone David Rudari joins the chorus of 80 voices from over 25 diocese parishes, along with orchestral players from the surrounding area, cathedral organist Alan Lynch, and a small boys choir from various catholic schools and parishes. The performance is free and open to the public.

The impetus for this performance began with a parishioner at St. James Church in Cazenovia who invited singers from all of the diocese parishes to come together to sing masterworks from the great composers at the recently renovated downtown cathedral. The chorus has been rehearsing weekly in preparation for the Nov. 17 event. The Sacred Music Society of Syracuse, as well as Music with a Mission are sponsoring the event along with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.

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