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USC Concert Choir Perform World Premiere of Requiem Gravare

A Message of Solace and Hope

The University of South Carolina Concert Choir conducted by Dr. Alicia Walker is excited to perform a newly commissioned requiem in 2022. The work is the culmination of a three-year collaboration (delayed by Covid) with British composer Will Todd and Columbia minister Robert Walker.

Acknowledging Loss

Requiem Gravare is a dialogue that pairs an English interpretation of tradition liturgical texts with expressions of human grief in the face of loss. The soloists sing from different stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, while the choir responds with texts of solace and hope.

The soloists for this performance are School of Music voice faculty Tina Stallard, Janet Hopkins, Dominic Armstrong and Jacob Will. The orchestra is represented by faculty and graduate students and Todd on piano.

World Premiere

Requiem Gravare debuts at 7:30 p.m. on March 26 at Shandon Presbyterian Church and travels to London on June 8, 2022. The Concert Choir and soloists will perform Requiem Gravare at Southwark Cathedral. The program will also include Will Todd's Mass in Blue.

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