Statesboro’s Jane Redding Marrero will be the featured artist performing John Rutter’s Requiem with the Savannah Philharmonic & Chorus and St. Anne’s Choir on Sunday, April 24 at St. Anne Catholic Church in Richmond Hill.
English composer and conductor John Rutter is a highly respected name in today’s music world, and his Requiem is one of the most-loved choral masterpieces of our time. A stunning feast for the senses, the beautiful setting and acoustics of St. Anne Catholic Church in Richmond Hill guarantees you’ll savor every note.
Bask in the grace of this sacred work as Music & Artistic Director Keitaro Harada leads your Savannah Philharmonic Chorus and St. Anne Choir in this transcendent concert experience.
John Rutter’s Requiem
John Rutter is a composer of primarily choral works, including Christmas carols, anthems, and extended works such as the Gloria, the Requiem, and the Magnificat. Rutter’s style is influenced by 20th century English and French choral compositions as well as American songwriting. His compositions are most popular in the United States and the UK, with the London Evening Standard writing, “For the infectiousness of his melodic invention and consummate craftsmanship, Rutter has few peers.”
Following in the style of composers such as Brahms and Fauré, John Rutter’s Requiem is not strictly a setting of the Requiem Mass as laid down in Catholic liturgy. The Requiem is a musical setting of sections of the Missa pro Defunctis, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Psalms. These seven sections contain prayers on behalf of all humanity, psalms, personal prayers to Christ, and in the central Sanctus an affirmation of divine glory.
The Requiem was completed in 1985 and is “in memoriam L. F. R.,” dedicating this work to Rutter’s late father. In his own words:
“The Requiem was written in 1985 and dedicated to the memory of my father, who had died the previous year. In writing it, I was influenced and inspired by the example of Faure. I doubt whether any specific musical resemblances can be traced, but I am sure that Faure’s Requiem crystallized my thoughts about the kind of Requiem I wanted to write: intimate rather than grandiose, contemplative and lyric rather than dramatic, and ultimately moving towards light rather than darkness – the “lux aeterna” of the closing text.”
Featured Artist Jane Redding Marrero
Hailed for her dazzling virtuosity and charismatic charm, American soprano Jane Redding-Marrero has thrilled audiences with her near-flawless musicianship, sparkling high notes, and wide-ranging versatility.
Applauded by many, Opera News touted: “ … the powerhouse Zerbinetta of Jane Redding … was superbly sung.” In the title role of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, critics hailed: “This rising star delivered a staggering, at times mesmerizing, performance.”
With hundreds of performances in 25 of opera’s most challenging leading roles, Ms.Redding-Marrero has enjoyed debut and return engagements with Nashville Opera, Opera San Antonio, New Orleans Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Pensacola Opera, Nevada Opera, Mobile Opera, Opera Southwest, Chautauqua Opera, Knoxville Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Opera Naples, Augusta Opera, and New York’s Kaye Playhouse.
In addition to a concert tour of China with performances in Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong, she has appeared in concert with the Kennedy Center’s National Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Pensacola Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Northwest Florida Symphony, and the Fort Worth Symphony in music of Mozart, Brahms, Handel, Haydn, Bach, Mahler, Rachmaninoff, Villa Lobos, and Johann Strauss.
Ms. Redding-Marrero holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Louisiana State University, and is the recipient of many awards, including a national winner in the coveted MacAllister Awards, and a Shoshana Award from the Richard F. Gold Career Grant Foundation. She is the wife of Georgia Southern University President, Kyle Marrero, and the mother of their daughter, Lily.
St. Anne’s Catholic Church
In 1937, the automobile magnate Henry Ford, Sr. built a copy of the Ford chapel in Dearborn, MI here in Richmond Hill. After Mr. Ford’s death, the property was sold to the local paper company and the church was not used any longer for worship. Several years later, the chapel became the property of the Diocese, made possible through Mr. Gilbert Verney. The building was renovated, and was named The Mission Chapel of St. Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was dedicated on June 1, 1955.
10550 Ford Ave.
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
Savannah Philharmonic & Chorus St. Anne’s Choir
Conductor – Keitaro Harada
Soprano Soloist – Jane Redding Marrero
Maurice Ravel – Pavane for a Dead Princess
John Rutter – Requiem
Seating is divided into three tiers of general admission seating.
Tier 1: $55
Tier 2: $45
Tier 3: $35
Group Discount (10 or more tickets):15% off
Military Discount: 25% off
For all discounts, please contact the SavPhil office at 912.232.6002 to purchase your tickets
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