A requiem concert will be held Nov. 4 in Tokorozawa Shimin Bunka Center Muse in Saitama Prefecture to offer audience members a special opportunity to remember their loved ones who have died — with the names of the deceased printed in the program.
The concert will feature “Elias” (also known as “Elijah”), an oratorio depicting various events in the life of the Hebrew prophet composed by German composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847). Nov. 4 is the 166th anniversary of the composer’s death.
“Elias,” along with “Paulus” (“St. Paul”), form Mendelssohn’s representative oratorio works. The two-part oratorio, sung in German, lasts more than two hours in total. The choral groups Heinrich-Schutz-Chor Tokyo and Mendelssohn-Chor and instrumental group Ubiquitous Bach will perform “Elias” at the Requiem Gathering for the Consolation of Souls under the baton of Taro Tanno. Yoko Seto will serve as concert mistress. Yuichiro Shiina will play the organ.
Those who wish to have the names of their deceased loved ones printed in the program should fax up to two names to Musica Poetica at 03-3998-5238, also showing the sender’s name, address and telephone number. The deadline is Oct. 24.
Reservations for the concert can also be made in advance through that fax number. Tickets cost ¥4,000 for adults and ¥2,500 for students. For more information, call (03) 3970-0585. The performance will begin at 3 p.m.
The venue, Tokorozawa Shimin Bunka Center Muse, is a 10-minute walk from Koku Koen Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. The telephone number is 04-2998-6311.
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