Concert Program: Duruflé Requiem

Saturday, April 27 | 4:00 PM

St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral
2728 Sixth Ave., San Diego

Sunday, April 28 | 4:00 PM

St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church

Concert Program 

The concerts this weekend feature one of the most beloved choral works ever written. This Requiem, composed by Maurice Duruflé, is deeply loved and appreciated by singers and audience members for its seamless connection between the old and the new. 

Duruflé uses many direct excerpts of plainchant from the Missa pro defunctis (the Mass for the dead) sung for centuries and carefully blends them with modern harmonies and stunning melodic writing. The result is a modern masterpiece in the choral cannon, in which the choir and the organ share the spotlight, carefully trading off the responsibility for performing the chant lines and modern interpretations throughout the nine different movements.

Our program is a testament to the rich diversity of choral music, featuring the organ in various settings. We are thrilled to present Gerald Finzi’s triumphant setting “God is Gone Up,” and Benjamin Britten’s “Jubilate Deo in C,” showcasing the unique and colorful language of two distinct 20th-century British composers. 

In addition to these, we will perform two works for a cappella choir, including Mark Butler’s new setting of “Dona Nobis Pacem,” and the sublime motet “Ubi Caritas,” composed by Maurice Duruflé. For the performance of “Ubi Caritas,” we are joined by members of the 2024 SD Master Chorale Honor Choir, who performed this piece as part of our eighth annual event in March. This collaborative performance not only celebrates the beauty of choral music but also fosters a sense of community among all music lovers.

Live musical performance provides a cherished opportunity to sit in contemplation and reflection with others, to find ourselves lost within an artistic masterpiece. 

If you join us, we hope you leave this performance feeling refreshed and inspired and we hope that hearing this music performed live in these wonderfully appealing acoustical spaces will allow you to find a path toward more fulfillment and joy in your life. 

John K. Russell, Music Director
SD Master Chorale

John K. Russell,
Music Director & Conductor
Martin Green, Organ
Peter Ko, Cello

God is Gone Up – Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)

Dona Nobis Pacem – Mark Butler (b. 1965)

Geistliches Lied, Op. 30 – Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Edited by Daniel Garrick
Text by Paul Flemming (1609-1640)

Wohl mir, dass ich Jesum habe – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
From Bach’s Cantata No. 147

Da Nobis Pacem – Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Ubi Caritas – Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

Jubilate Deo – Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Edited by David Willcocks


Requiem – Maurice Duruflé

I. Introit
II. Kyrie
III. Domine Jesu Christe
IV. Sanctus
V. Pie Jesu
VI. Agnus Dei
VII. Lux æterna
VIII. Libera me
IX. In Paradisum

These concerts are made possible through the support and generosity of Pamela Wong and Timothy Loomis.

Sunday’s concert is part of the St. James Music Series.

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This concert will be performed in two venues: St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral on April 27 and at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church on the St. James Music Series on April 28. Tickets for the St. James Music Series performance are available at stjamesmusicseries.com.