Friday, April 16, 2010

Come to the Requiem

Last night, I had my last rehearsal with the St. Paul’s choir of the Duruflé Requiem, which we are singing tomorrow along with musicians from Slippery Rock University and the principal organist of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I am excited about the program. (See my post on the program on my other blog, as well as the Wikipedia articles on Maurice Duruflé and on the Requiem.)

I hope the people of St. Paul’s will show up in large numbers for the 7 o’clock performance. The turnout for such programs is often disappointing. I don’t know if this is because parishioners are too busy or are just not much interested in such things. St. Paul’s has a surprisingly low profile in the community, but musical programs like the one tomorrow night help raise that profile and, one hopes, makes it more likely that South Hills residents will, at some time, join our church.

Update 1: I went by St. Paul’s this afternoon and noticed that we have one of our big signs out on the front lawn, but it is not advertising tomorrow’s concert. Pity.

Update 2: I stopped by the church on my way home to set up some microphones for tomorrow night. The lights flickered as I was working, and it took me a moment to realize that the thunderstorm had arrived. As I was leaving, I saw that our “New Morning” banner on the lawn had been shredded by the wind.

Concert poster


Leonard said...

Such a beautiful Church...wish I were there for the performance!

Best of luck,

Lionel Deimel said...


Thanks, but the poster isn’t of my church, though St. Paul’s is a lovely church. The poster was done by Slipper Rock University people.

I’m working on the tough spots in the score tonight. Much of tomorrow is given over to rehearsals. It’s going to be a long day.