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Chorale to perform Gabriel Fauré's 'Requiem' this afternoon

Program will include works by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo

The Valley Concert Chorale, celebrating its 51st season, will perform the beautiful and moving Fauré "Requiem" along with other musical selections for its March concert today.

"One of the great masterworks of all time, Gabriel Fauré's ever popular, serene and peaceful 'Requiem' is an elegant, graceful, and tender composition," said artistic director and conductor John Emory Bush. "It is filled with lovely sounds that strive to bring comfort and promise."

"Requiem" has been described as a contemplative work that offers clear and simple textures, drawing the listener into the magic and mystical power of music. Its beautiful melodies capture the proper mood of the text making it a favorite among choral singers.

The piece is only 35 minutes long and was written for orchestra, organ, mixed chorus and two soloists, a soprano and a baritone; it is performed in Latin.

The performance will also feature the music of acclaimed Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, which has been performed in more than 30 countries. At age 36, he is one of today's "hottest" choral composers. According to American Record Guide, his "plush and ecstatic music is irresistible."

"I can't imagine any music lover not being enchanted with this music," conductor Bush said.

The chorale will be joined by string quartet and piano for Gjeilo's "Luminous Nights of the Soul," "The Ground" and "Serenity across the Vast Eternal Sky."

Also accompanying the chorale for the concert is organist Jerome Lenk and pianist Daniel Glover.

The performance will be held at 3 p.m.today at First Presbyterian Church, 2020 Fifth St., Livermore (at Fourth and L streets).

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. High school and college students are $10, and children are free. Order tickets at www.valleyconcertchorale.org or by calling 866-4003.

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