Rounding out its first year with artistic director Jason Sabino, the Oregon Chorale presents two iconic masterworks for choir and organ: French composer Maurice Duruflé's "Requiem, Op. 9," and Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna," both featuring renowned organist Dan Miller.
The two concerts are slated for June 10 and 11, both at Bethel Congregational Church in Beaverton.
Duruflé's requiem is based on themes from the Gregorian funeral mass, with harmonies for the choir, a haunting cello line and solo pieces. The requiem premiered 70 years ago, in 1947.
"Lux Aeterna" for choir and organ premiered in Portland 20 years ago. Lauridsen says, "On Lux Aeterna .. I like to draw my listener in immediately, to hold their attention, to transport them ... whether it's (to) excite them or move them or elate them." Lauridsen himself is a Beaverton native and sang in the choir at Bethel Congregational Church.
Miller lives in Hillsboro and works at Hillsboro's Rodgers Instruments, one of the world's leading organ builders. He's also is an adjunct professor of organ at George Fox University in Newberg.