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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Salisbury Chorale Performs Duruflé, Mendelssohn April 15

SALISBURY, MD---The Salisbury Chorale and the Salisbury University Chorale and Chamber Choir, with members of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, present two pieces by Maurice Duruflé during its annual spring concert Sunday, April 15.

The performance, which includes Duruflé’s Requiem Op. 9 and Quatre Motets Op. 10, is 4:30 p.m. at Wicomico Presbyterian Church, 129 Broad Street, in Salisbury.

The 37-member Salisbury Chorale, and University Chorale and Chamber Choir (38 students), pianist Susan Zimmer, also sing the double-choir Heilig by Felix Mendelssohn.

“With the exception of the exuberant Heilig, the concert features early 20th century French choral music based on Gregorian chant-style writing,” said Dr. William Folger, director of choral studies at SU, who conducts the chorales and chamber choir. “The Latin motets prepare the listener for the chant melodic contours and colorisitic harmonies of the Requiem. Duruflé’s Mass for the dead is a celebration of life in a reverential setting depicting anticipation, mystery, and hope about the afterlife.”

For more than 30 years, singers have performed in Holloway Hall Auditorium and in local churches as part of the chorale, which was started as the Salisbury Choral Society by Dr. Ray H. Zeigler, a former faculty member in the Department of Music.

The Bank of America and SU Department of Music sponsor the concert. A $5 donation is requested at the door.  The public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6386 or visit the SU Web site at

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