The Fort Street Chorale and Chamber Orchestra present Mozart’s beloved Requiem under the baton of renowned Interim Conductor Dr. Arianne Abela, Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m. at Detroit’s historic Fort Street Presbyterian Church, 631 W. Fort.
“Mozart’s Requiem is one of those transcendent pieces of music that can touch your soul, as it has touched many since its genesis in the late 1700s,” said Abela. “Its story is completely enshrouded in mystery – an unknown commissioner, a visit by a "grey stranger," Mozart's feverish obsession with composing what he considered to be his own requiem, and the very fact that he died while writing the work.
“It is honest, true, and remarkably beautiful,” Abela added. The Fort Street Chorale has grown from a handful of volunteers in 1971 to a musically proficient ensemble of 60 voices founded by Edward Kingins, Fort Street’s music director until his 2016 retirement. The all-volunteer chorus is best known for its annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah, subject of an Emmy-award-winning public TV documentary, “Miracle on Fort Street.” Representing a variety of musical and cultural backgrounds from southeastern Michigan and
Canada, Chorale members are joined in performance by well-known professional soloists and a chamber orchestra made up of professional musicians.
Requiem soloists include Caitlyn Lynch, soprano; Dorothy Duensing, mezzo soprano; Dorian Dillard, tenor; and Jonathan Lasch, baritone. This spring’s performance is part of the “Music at Fort Street” concert series, established in 2017 by the church’s Director of Music and Organist Dr. Marilyn Perkins Biery.