The Lycoming College Chamber Choir will perform Duruflé’s “Requiem” Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, located on West Fourth Street in downtown Williamsport. The event is free and open to the public.
Duruflé’s “Requiem” is one of the great choral masterpieces of the 20th Century. This massive work for choir and organ combines the beauty and solemnity of chant with the colors and impressionistic qualities of 20th Century France, and is ideal in an acoustic setting such as St. Joseph's.
The choir will be led by Dr. Chris Jackson, the director of choral activities at Lycoming College. He conducts the Lycoming College Choir, Lycoming Chamber Choir, Tour Choir, and teaches music history and applied voice lessons. The virtuosic and haunting organ part will be played by Mr. Richard Lakey, adjunct professor of piano and organ.
The Lycoming Chamber Choir is comprised of 30 students who are chosen by audition from the larger Lycoming College Choir and incoming first-year students. Members of the Chamber Choir are selected primarily for their vocal abilities, and each is a recipient of a Choral Fellowship, receiving an annually renewable $500 tuition remission. Like the other Lycoming choirs, the Chamber Choir is comprised of students from all academic fields and majors.