UCC to present John Rutter's 'Requiem'

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Nov. 1 marks All Saints day, a day to honor the deceased members of a church’s congregation. UCC will celebrate this day on Sunday Nov. 3.

Along with “Requiem,” performed by the UCC choir and orchestra, there will be congregational singing revolving around All Saints Sunday, as well as communion and a brief homily from the Rev. Larry Thomas, senior pastor.

Carol Fewell, director of communications at UCC, said the Nov. 3 performance will mark the first time “Requiem” has been performed by the church. A requiem is a mass for those who have passed away.

Rutter personalizes his version by adding movements, which are not traditionally part of the Requiem. The seven movements, which last about 40 minutes, include soprano and instrumental solos based on Psalms and words from the “Book of Common Prayer.

Rutter was born in London in 1945 and studied music at Clare College in Cambridge, England. Some of his pieces of work, including “Requiem,” have been performed throughout the world.

Nov. 1 marks All Saints day, a day to honor the deceased members of a church’s congregation. UCC will celebrate this day on Sunday Nov. 3.

Along with “Requiem,” performed by the UCC choir and orchestra, there will be congregational singing revolving around All Saints Sunday, as well as communion and a brief homily from the Rev. Larry Thomas, senior pastor.

UCC will also have its tradition of candle lighting honoring the “saints” who have died.

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