Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Teams Up with Symphonic Choir and Butler Chorale for Faure’s Requeim

Several Indianapolis performing arts organizations will team up this weekend for a unique Indianapolis music event. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra along with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Butler University Chorale present Faure’s Requiem January 29 and 30. The first ever Indianapolis performance of the Faure Requiem at Hilbert Circle Theatre will be preceded by Antonin Dvorak’s Seventh Symphony. These Indianapolis nonprofit organizations find their collaboration necessary to present such a complicated and beautiful piece of choral-orchestral music. Tickets for this Indianapolis event range from $16.00 to $68.00 and both the Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 pm.

Conductor Pietari Inkinen will lead Baritone soloist Hugh Russell, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and the Butler University Chorale in these breathtaking movements of music. In his young career, Antonin Dvorak was mentored by Johannes Brahms. His composition No. 7 reflects his famous teachers influence on his talent. In the tradition of great German symphonies, Dvorak ably couples his Bohemian roots to this musical style.

The Faure Requiem is a choral orchestral setting of the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead. Though Faure’s reasons for composing this Requiem are unclear, his inspiration is often linked to his father’s death in 1885 and his mother’s death only two years later in 1887. However, he began composing it well before his mother’s death and is quoted as saying he was composing for fun.

The piece saw many draft an incarnations prior to becoming the performance piece we have today. Faure finished his first version of the work in 1888 called, “un petit Requiem.” This version had five movements, which did not yet include the “Libera Me” (which he composed much earlier). It wasn’t until much later in 1890 that this composition was added to complete his Requiem. Through the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century, the piece was reworked several times for full orchestras. In 1924, Faure’s Requiem was performed at Faure’s own funeral. It was not performed in the United States until 1931 and was not heard in England until 1936.

Faure left the world a bit of wisdom about his own compositions saying, “Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put in my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.” He also explained, “It has been said that  my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience.”

For more information about the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming collaboration with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Butler University Chorale, visit the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s website.

Hilbert Circle Theatre, off of Monument Circle in Indianapolis downtown, has one of the most beautiful locations in the Circle City. Conveniently located near dozens of Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars, it is easy to unwind before or after Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performances. Stay tuned to Fun City for all the latest info on Indianapolis arts and more. We cover fun things to do in Indianapolis!

The Faure Requiem
Friday and Saturday January 29 and 30
8:00 pm

Hilbert Circle Theatre
45 Monument Circle
Indianapolis, IN 46202