Take in the classics

Minot Chamber Chorale presents Classical Masterpieces concert

Submitted Photo The Minot Chamber Chorale consists of many vocalists who will be coming together to perform two different pieces for audiences to enjoy. Titled “Classical Masterpieces,” Sunday’s concert will feature a piece by composers Gabriel Faure and Randall Thompson.

Sit back and relax to the vocal performance put on by the Minot Chamber Chorale in their Classical Masterpieces concert this Sunday at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.

Starting at 3 p.m., the singers will be performing Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem” and Randall Thompson’s “Testament of Freedom.” Requiem was composed in the 1890s before being finished in 1900. The piece is scored for mixed voices and will be accompanied by Kari Files on the organ.

“This music by Faure strives to help us see death as a happy deliverance rather than a painful passing away,” explained music director Robert Demke.

Demke explained that the social and political climate is what influenced his choice for the closing piece of “Testament of Freedom.” The piece was written during World War II. American composer Randall Thompson chose Thomas Jefferson as the focus to, according to Demke, inspire America and celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Jefferson.

“Thompson’s musical genius and the truly inspirational words of Thomas Jefferson are guaranteed to strike a patriotic chord with anyone who attends this concert,” Demke said.

The featured soloists for Classical Masterpieces will be chorale members Amanda Brown and Alex Knipp.

The concert is free to attend with a free-will offering being taken.