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A Requiem Mosaic: Music of Mourning and Consolation

February 19, 2018

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Arrowhead Chorale’s March concert features a mosaic of sublime music. “A Requiem Mosaic: Music of Mourning and Consolation” includes pieces that were composed to mourn the death of loved ones, and some that were composed to comfort and provide strength to those who remain. All reflect the fragile and sometimes treacherous nature that is life.

The concert will feature an evening and a matinee performance, scheduled for Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. Both will be performed in First Lutheran Church, 1100 E. Superior St., Duluth. Tickets are $20 for adults, $6 for college students, and ages 18 and under are free. Tickets are available online at

From tragic to comforting, the pieces selected for the concert evoke a mosaic of feelings surrounding death and the life that continues after losing a loved one.

The first half of the concert is an eclectic requiem featuring movements spanning eight hundred years, from plainchant to Puccini, Durufle, and more contemporary settings of Lukáš and Schnittke. The second half of the concert features Requiem for the Living by American composer Dan Forrest. Composed in the spirit of Brahms’ A German Requiem, this work is intended as a prayer for rest, which is what the Latin word “Requiem” means for the bereaved. 

Dr. Matthew Faerber, guest conductor for the March concert, received advanced degrees in music from the University of Iowa and Brigham Young University. His principle conducting teachers include William Hatcher, Ronald Staheli and Mack Wilberg. Dr. Faerber has many years of experience conducting and as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach. 

Special guest William Hatcher, nationally renowned choral conductor, will present a special pre-concert lecture, What in the World is a Requiem??,  on Saturday, March 10, at 3:30 p.m. in First Lutheran Church. Hatcher’s 43-year career included leading conducting programs at the University of Iowa, UCLA and Pasadena City College, among others.  He served as national president of the American Choral Directors Association. He has received multiple professional accolades including the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the Howard Swan Award for lifetime achievement by the California ACDA and the Weston Noble Award for Lifetime Achievement by the North Central ACDA. Hatcher is still active as a clinician and adjudicator. 

Arrowhead Chorale is a non-profit, vocal ensemble located in Duluth. This talented group consists of experienced singers and a working Board of Directors. Arrowhead Chorale is dedicated to performing excellent choral music of all genres – from classical to jazz and bluegrass to musical theater and opera. In its 28th year, the group continues to actively provide ambitious and memorable programming for the Twin Ports. For more information, contact Business Manager Olivia Buncher at 218-733-7521 or

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