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Event Pick: Classical Revolution RVA and the St. Edward Chorale at VMFA 

Thursday, June 18

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Asked in 1921 to describe his choral-orchestral work, “Requiem,” French composer, organist, pianist and teacher Gabriel Fauré said, “Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my ‘Requiem,’ which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.” On Thursday, June 18, musicians from Classical Revolution RVA will team up with the 30-voice St. Edward Chorale for a performance of Fauré’s seminal 19th-century work at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Based on the Roman Catholic Mass for the dead, “Requiem” consists of seven movements written between 1887-1890, and the 35-minute piece isbest known for the central soprano aria Pie Jesu. The orchestra and chorus also will perform Fauré’s, “Cantique de Jean Racine,” written between 1864-’65, when the influential composer was 19. The all-ages concert in the Marble Hall begins at 7 p.m. Free. vmfa.museum.
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