Falmouth Chorale will present music of remembrance and hope with “Legacy,” Saturday, October 16, at 4 PM and Sunday, October 17, at 3 PM at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 270 Gifford Street in Falmouth.
The concert, under the direction of Krishan Oberoi, will showcase John Rutter’s “Requiem” accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Acclaimed soprano Joan Kirchner will join the chorale as soloist.
Dr. Oberoi, artistic director of Falmouth Chorale, has assembled a wide variety of music that commemorates both the struggles we have all faced during the past year, and the strength and resilience that have brought us through. Dr. Oberoi noted, “I think of the music on this program as illustrations of how we press on through difficult circumstances, and can come out the other side with a sense of hope that has been earned through enduring the hard times.”
The works in the program, ranging from the moving Requiem, to old-fashioned Gospel and impressionist sound-painting pieces, to a heartfelt celebration of hope by Ysaÿe Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, all ring with the power of music to inspire and comfort us.
For Dr. Oberoi, the COVID era was daunting. “There was a time, at the nadir of the pandemic in early 2021, when many of us feared that we might never be able to sing together again. Singing bonds people together, it’s a foundational, communal activity that has been a part of every society since the dawn of humanity. Losing that—even temporarily—was traumatic. And now that we’re able to begin doing it again, it’s not just a sigh of relief. It’s like we’re reclaiming some lost part of ourselves.”
Falmouth Chorale is following precautions recommended by the CDC and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to protect the health of singers and audience members. All singers and instrumentalists have been vaccinated. Audience members will be required to wear masks, and there will be a spatial separation between singers and the audience.
Tickets are available through the chorale’s website or by calling 774-392-2383. Tickets for adults are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Tickets for students are $5. Advance tickets paid by cash or check are also available from members of the Chorale and at Eight Cousins Books in Falmouth, Uncle Bill’s Country Store in North Falmouth, Market Street Bookshop in Mashpee Commons and Titcomb’s Bookshop in East Sandwich.