April 15, 2008
Contact: Dr. Debra Atkinson
MUW Chorale to perform May 1
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- The MUW Chorale, assisted by the
All Saints' Episcopal Church Choir from Tupelo, will
present the Faure Requiem at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday,
May 1, at First United Methodist Church in Columbus.
Dr. Debra Atkinson, director of the Chorale and the
All Saints' Choir, will conduct the performance. The
soloists will be MUW voice professor Dr. Cherry Dunn
of Columbus, soprano; and Dr. Iwao Asakura,
professor of voice at Mississippi State University,
baritone. The accompanists will be Elaine Byrd,
pianist, and Ben Orr, organist.
The Requiem was written in 1887 and was inspired by
the death of Faure's parents. It was first performed
on Jan. 16, 1888, for a funeral at the Church of the
Madeleine in Paris, where Faure served as
choirmaster and later as chief organist. After
several revisions that did not hold true to the
original intent of the author, British composer John
Rutter published an edition that is believed to be
closest to what Faure intended when he wrote it for
his choir of men and boys. It is this version that
the MUW Chorale will perform.
The concert is free.