Mercer Singers and University Choir to perform John Rutter’s “Requiem”

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Mercer Singers and University Choir to perform John Rutter’s “Requiem”

University choir at their Monday night rehearsal in the McCorkle Music Building.

University choir at their Monday night rehearsal in the McCorkle Music Building.

Sean Devenney

University choir at their Monday night rehearsal in the McCorkle Music Building.

Sean Devenney

Sean Devenney

University choir at their Monday night rehearsal in the McCorkle Music Building.

Ashley Antoine, Contributing Writer

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The Macon community is invited to enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music. The Mercer Singers and University will join with the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings for a performance of John Rutter’s “Requiem” at the Mulberry United Methodist Church on Nov. 13 at 4:00 p.m.

The concert will feature 150 choir members, including Mercer students, faculty and members of the community, as well as a 34-member orchestra for the performance. Admission is free of charge with a Mercer ID.

John Rutter first had the idea of writing the requiem in 1983, and his impulses were both personal and musical. Rutter was experiencing a time of great sadness due to the death of his father, and he wanted to remember him in music.

After working for months, the teachers and students have learned the requiem. At the beginning of the year, the university choir includes singers both experienced and inexperienced. With their musical instructor, Stanley Roberts, they learned to work together to create a unified sound.

“Singing in Mercer Singers is such a privilege, and being able to perform the John Rutter Requiem alongside the Middle Georgia Choral Society has been a great experience. Singing this Requiem adds a diverse element to our overall educational experience and i’m more than excited to be a part of it,” said Kaitlyn Adams

For more information on the “Requiem” concert and upcoming concerts, visit the Townsend School of Music’s website at music.mercer.edu.

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