On Sunday, May 12, during our 10:30 AM worship service, the Chancel Choir and Friends will perform Gabriel Faure’s beautiful, comforting Requiem with orchestra. FUMC’s Director of Music, Dr. Gerald Holbrook, will conduct. Twice a year, Holbrook opens our church’s Chancel Choir to community singers who’d like to join us to perform masterpieces of the choral repertoire. It is always a joy to welcome these Friends, many of whom have been singing with the Chancel Choir for these special performances for years!
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher whose work influenced the many 20th century composers who came after him. He served as the Head of the Paris Conservatoire from 1905-1920. Fauré was prolific, writing solo piano works, chamber music, many songs for solo voice and piano, both secular and sacred choral music, orchestra pieces, and 2 operas over the course of his long life.
Fauré’s Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, the best-known of his large-scale compositions, was first performed in 1888. The composer stated that his “Requiem wasn’t written for anything–for pleasure, if I may call it that!” Fauré revised the Requiem over the years, from the earliest versions for smaller numbers of performers to the final, seven-movement scoring for mixed chorus, full orchestra, organ, and soprano and baritone soloists, which he completed in 1900. Fauré wrote of the work, “Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.”
There is no admission charge to attend the Chancel Choir and Friends’ performance of Faure’s Requiem; simply come to our 10:30 AM worship service on Sunday, May 12. And please invite your friends and family! As May 12 is also Mother’s Day, perhaps there is a special mother who you would like to invite so that she may be celebrated with this beautiful music!
At First United Methodist Church of Boulder, absolutely EVERYONE is welcome! Since 1997, we have been a member church of the Reconciling Ministries Network, fully welcoming of LGBTQ people and their loved ones.
The parking lot at First United Methodist Church of Boulder is currently closed due to the construction of the Attention Homes Apartments on our campus. Please visit the parking page on our website for suggestions about nearby parking options. All the street parking around the church is free on Sundays, as are City of Boulder parking garages.