World Premiere at First UMC

April 23, 2023

The Requiem will have its world premiere in the Sanctuary at First UMC on Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. The premiere will feature singers and musicians from Gainesville and the surrounding area, and will be conducted by our Director of Music, Michael Ekbladh. Composer Heather Sorenson will be in attendance and join us for our after-premiere reception!
Requiem Festival Chorus
All singers are welcome to join our Requiem Festival Chorus and perform the Requiem at its world premiere. Rehearsals are held in our Sanctuary from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on each of the following dates: January 15, 29; February 5, 26; March 12, 26; and April 16. There will also be a time to rehearse every Wednesday from 7:00-7:30 p.m. (before Chancel Choir rehearsals). The final rehearsal with the full orchestra and Heather Sorenson will be held on Saturday, April 22.

Carnegie Hall Premiere

November 27, 2023

The Requiem is going to Carnegie Hall in New York City!  Join us and singers from all over the world as we participate in the Carnegie Hall Premiere of Requiem.  It will be a joy to share this work with the world in an amazing concert hall knowing that our soul and spirit lives within this work. First UMC is coordinating a trip to attend/perform in this concert - we will depart on November 24, attend/perform at the concert on November 27, and return on November 28.

The trip is open to everyone whether you are part of the group performing the Requiem or simply someone interested in supporting the singers but you must register before January 13, 2023. The price of this trip consists two parts: the concert and travel. The concert cost includes the venue cost (risers, promotions, security, ushers, etc.), a gala reception for the performers and non-performers, and seats for the non-singers. The travel cost consists of transportation, and accommodations - we will coordinate these costs with the Artist Travel Agency (the travel agency for DCINY who is coordinating the concert) for the travel plans, but you can always make your own arrangements. Below is the concert (non-travel) cost
  • Performers Cost: $860
  • Non-performers Cost: $430

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