STEUBENVILLE, OH—The music of the Schola Cantorum Franciscana and the Franciscan University Chorale will contemplate the mystery of life and death at a concert at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Steubenville on Monday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Dr. Paul Weber, Franciscan University associate professor of music and director of the program in organ, the concert culminates in the performance of Gabriel Faure’s Requiem in D Minor for choir, soloists, orchestra, and organ. Faure began work on the Requiem, an orchestral setting for the Mass for the dead, around 1885 after his own father’s death. By the time the piece was performed, his mother, too, had died. Rather than focusing on judgment and fear, Faure’s piece inspires hope. He intended it to reflect death as a deliverance to the happiness of heaven.
The concert theme dovetails with the Catholic Church’s prayers for the holy souls in purgatory each November. Throughout the month, Catholics pray in a special way for the faithful departed so they may be freed from sin and enter heaven.
The concert will also feature a new setting of the hymn “Abide with Me,” by Dr. Weber, as well as pieces by Brahms, Schutz, Tallis, and Wilbye.
The performance is free and open to the public. St. Peter’s Church is located at 425 North Fourth Street, Steubenville.