Centenary College Camerata presents fall concert

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Centenary College Camerata will join forces with St. Mark's Cathedral organist, Derrick Meador, and local instrumentalists to present Duruflé's Requiem, Op. 9, on Monday, October 31, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. The concert at St. Mark’s Cathedral is free and open to the public.

Meador will also play César Franck's Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Op.18.

"Duruflé’s Requiem is one of the truly exquisite requiems in the literature, built on ancient chant melodies that are ensconced in mid-twentieth-century compositional techniques that are both rich harmonically and subtly dramatic, a decidedly French approach to music,” said Dr. Cory Wikan, dean of Centenary’s Hurley School of Music and director of Camerata. “We will offer the chamber version, which consists of strings, percussion, harp, organ, and three trumpets.”

Camerata, founded in 1983, is the select chamber choir from the Hurley School of Music. The composition of the group is primarily voice majors, though membership is open to all Centenary students by audition.

“I work to explore a wide range of musical styles and genres so that our music majors and other singers are exposed to as much literature as possible during their study,” explained Wikan. “In spring 2022, the Centenary College Choir sang Brahms's Requiem, and it is instructional for our students to compare and contrast approaches to this genre, requiem Masses. The treble and baritone solos additionally offer the opportunity for our students to sing publicly with professional musicians, which is key for their training. We are thrilled that Mr. Meador will offer his talents to this collaboration."

For more information, contact music@centenary.edu or call 318.869.5235.


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