14 Oct 2018
The National Presbyterian Church
Gretchen Kuhrmann, Artistic Director
Choralis presents a program of music inspired by the wartime courage and sacrifice of the“common man,” including excerpts from Britten’s War Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and a complete performance of Joseph Jongen’s Messe en l’honneur du Sant- Sacrement. In addition, organist Todd Fickley perform Durufle’s Prelude et fugue sur le nom d’Alain and a brass ensemble will perform Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man.
In 1942, during the darkest days of World War II, Vice President Henry A. Wallace gave a speech known as “The Century of the Common Man” paying tribute to the common man and woman and “their millennial and revolutionary march toward manifesting here on earth the dignity that is in every human soul.” Joined by the winners of the 2018 Choralis Young Artists Competition, brass and percussion, and organist Todd Fickley, Choralis presents a program of music inspired by the courage and sacrifice of this “common man.” This performance includes Copland’s famous Fanfare for the Common Man; excerpts from Britten’s War Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem; Joseph Jongen’s Messe en l’honneur du Sant- Sacrement, written upon the release of his son from Buchenwald in 1945; and Maurice Durufle’s organ work Prelude et fugue sur le nom d’Alain, a musically complex homage to his colleague Jehan Alain, a war hero killed in combat in 1940.
Choralis invites audience members to bring travel-size shampoo, mouthwash, hand sanitizer and deodorant to the concert for donation to the Operation First Response Backpack Program, which provides backpacks of hygiene and comfort items to wounded soldiers who arrive at combat support hospitals without their personal possessions.