First Presbyterian San Anselmo Chancel Choir, community singers, soloists, and orchestra, led by Maestro Daniel Canosa, will present Requiem for the Living by contemporary American composer Dan Forrest, on Saturday, June 1, at 8 pm, and Sunday, June 2, at 10 am, as part of the Sunday worship service. Freewill offering for the Saturday evening performance.
Also featured for both performances will be two works for harp and orchestra: Harp Concerto “Claroscuro,” 2nd movement by Christopher Pratorius and the famous Oblivion by Astore Piazzolla. Anna Maria Mendieta, harp. https://www.annamariamendieta.com/
Dan Forrest describes himself as a devout Christian. “Whatever abilities I have, for creating beauty, are gifts from God. So I will make the most beautiful music I can, not because music-making is my ultimate end, but because I want to press my gifts to their maximum potential toward the true ultimate end: glorifying God. This is equally true of my ‘secular’ music, of my concert music and church music.” Requiem for the Living (2013) is described as a transcendent prayer for peace and rest, based on the liturgical requiem texts but also interspersing other texts. From the opening Introit-Kyrie, to the aggressive Vanitas Vanitatum, the heavenly Agnus Dei, an ethereal Sanctus, and a deeply peaceful Lux Aeterna, this 40-minute work has had a powerful impact on choirs and audiences around the world.